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Chapter 18

Chapter 18

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University of Toronto Scarborough
Health Studies
Michelle Silver

Chapter 18Aging Health And Health Care From Hospital And Residential Care To Home And Community CareThe Social Construction Of Health And Aging y Aging tends to be constructed as a medical problemas a biological process involving inevitable and progressive physical and cognitive decline disease and ill health y Having acute or chronic conditions is related not only to age but also to broader social determinants of health such as gender ethnicity race poverty and social inequality y In Canada the major causes of morality in later life include cardiovascular disease cancer respiratory diseases accidents diabetes and diseases of the digestive system y It is therefore apparent that chronic conditions do not necessarily imply high levels of disability among older adults Acute Physician And Hospital Care y General practitioners appear to be increasingly focusing on less timeconsuming young patients while referring more complex older patients to specialists y Acute care hospitals also pay a primary role in the biomedical approach to health they serve as repositories for the latest medical technologies and places where health car
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