Loss of Independence in Older Adults

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Loss of independence in older adults
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This review is a critical and analytical analysis of a topic area within the Nursing field. The paper is based on an analysis of the loss of independence in older adults. This is a major concern in society as it increases the rate of dependency. The study is based on nursing literature compiled by renowned scholars in this field.
Studies show major differences in the life expectancy of different people living in different parts of the world (Young, 2010, p.15). This is mainly caused by the disparities in lifestyles of different people in different parts of the world. In addition to this, less developed countries have inadequate social security nets. This discourages people from securing their futures at an early age that would reduce independence in older adults. In addition to this, it has been proven that the increasing rate of dependence in the elderly has been rapidly increasing in less developed countries as compared to the developed ones (Roberts & Bishop, 2005, p.27).
Nevertheless, studies have shown that about 10-15% of the world population is composed of the elderly people (Reus, 2000, p.57). This number is said to increase with the increasing population in most parts of the world. However, this percentage is not entirely dependent on other people (Birmaher, 1996, p.101). There are some elderly people who are not entirely dependent on other people. Although (Birmaher, 1997, p.79) Claims that not all elderly people are dependent on their family members, a large proportion of the population that qualifies to be called elderly is highly dependent on the younger population.
Time is not stopping for anyone and for this reason people should make arrangements early in life in order not to become dependent on other people…...

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