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1 Jatunn Gibson Gerontology Specialist

2 Prepare Yourself

3 ENJOY IT !!!

4 THOUGHT FOR THIS WEEK THOUGHT FOR THIS WEEK As we grow older, we need to consider that “how” we grow old is far more important than how “old” we grow.

5 AGING……. Do You know anyone that is AGING ? Can we stop the aging process? We are all aging day by day… P reparation P revents P oor P erformance

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7 Life Expectancy The US life expectancy if 77.5 years The longer you live; You add years Examples:  If you reach 65, you can expect another 18.4 years (83.4)  If you reach 75, you can expect another 11.8 years (86.8)  Women tend to live longer  75 year old women can expect to reach 87.6  75 year old man can expect to reach 85.5 These are only average…Not the rule!!!! Center for Disease Control

8 HOW SOME PEOPLE FIGHT CHANGES ASSOCIATED WITH AGING? CHANGE HAIR SURGERY CHANGE WHAT THEY WEAR BUY SPORTS CARS BECOME FRIENDS WITH YOUNGER PEOPLE

9 Things to improve YOUR quality of life Exercising Eating Habits Sleeping Regular check-up with your doctor

10 BEST CHANGES ARE….  GET ENOUGH SLEEP  CHANGE YOU DIET OR WATCH WHAT YOU EAT  REGULAR EXERCISE

11 MEDICARE ALPHABET MEDICARE PART A ( Hospital Insurance) Part A is hospital insurance that helps cover inpatient care in hospitals, skilled nursing facility, hospice, and home health care MEDICARE PART B (Medical Insurance) What Is Part B (Medical Insurance)? Part B helps cover medically-necessary services like doctors' services, outpatient care, home health services, and other medical services. Part B also covers some preventive services. Check your Medicare card to find out if you have Part B.Medicare card

12 MEDICARE ALPHABET MEDICARE PART C Medicare Advantage Plans, sometimes called “Part C” or “MA Plans,” are offered by private companies approved by Medicare. MEDICARE PART D (Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage)? Medicare prescription drug coverage is insurance run by an insurance company or other private company approved by Medicare. There are two ways to get Medicare prescription drug coverage (800-MEDICARE)

13 SCREAM I LOVE MYSELF!

14 The Aging Process Skin Muscles and Bone Heart and Circulation Respiratory Digestive System Reproductive System Nervous System Vision Hearing Touch and Dexterity Balance Taste Smell Physical being Mental being Emotional being

15 Brief Descriptions of Changes  Skin – becomes thinner, drier, tougher, and wrinkled; less fat under the skin which results in becoming more sensitive to heat and cold  Muscle – become weaker and strength decreases  Bone – become more brittle and more likely to break, especially women  Heart and Circulation – Blood vessels become thicker from cholesterol deposits, which makes the blood circulation difficult

16 Brief Descriptions of Changes  Respiratory- lungs are not as elastic and cannot hold as much air, which leads to a shortness of breath  Digestive System- most problems will result from poor eating habits; a longer time is need for ingestion  Nervous System- slowing of nerve cells in the brain result in slower reflexes and reactions

17 Brief Description of Changes  Vision- the lens and pupil size will change, sharpness and judgment of depth /height of objects will decrease  Hearing- ~30% of all seniors will experience significant hearing loss  Touch and Dexterity- hands are not used with as much ease and accuracy  Balance - slower movements, poor posture, dizziness  Taste and Smell – Taste buds decline, common smells are difficult to identify  Exercise- walking, stretching, dancing, chair exercises

18 PREVENT FALLS IN YOUR HOME… Install night lights in hallways Install Grab Bars in Bathrooms No-slip mats in bathtub or shower Remove throw–rugs Move furniture from the center of rooms Bring items to lower shelves Avoid leaving doors to closets open Avoid bed covers reaching the floor

19 DOCTOR CAN ASSIST WITH FALL PREVENTION CHECK THE STRENGTH OF YOUR LEGS MONITOR THE TIME IT TAKES TO GET OUT OF A CHAIR TURN AROUND WHILE STANDING REVIEW MEDICATIONS THAT AFFECT BALANCE CHECK YOUR VISION

20 Females 60s+ Exercise under doctor’s supervision Continue Pap Test ( Cervical Cancer ) Continue annual mammograms Colon Screening (50+) Visit Dentist 1 or 2 times a year (50+) Hearing loss increases after 50 Regular Eye exams to prevent injuries Increased risk of Glaucoma ( 65+ and African American)

21 Males 60+ Exercise under doctor’s supervision 2007, ~ 2,030 cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in men Visit Dentist 1 or 2 times a year (50+) Hearing loss increases after 50 Regular Eye exams to prevent injuries Increased risk of Glaucoma ( 65+ and African American)

22 Thank You ENJOY YOUR LIFE, IT IS A GIFT FROM GOD!!!


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