Glossary Post 3

Glossary post 3 will be focusing on age and older persons. Age is inevitable, and how old a person will become is usually determined by life expectancy. The main determinant of life expectancy is age specific death rates of populations. Birth rates and general mortality rates are included as well. These can show us how long the average person in a certain community can be expected to live.

Long- term services and supports (LTSS) include all services and providers that assist in an individual’s daily tasks such as eating, brushing, bathing, cleaning, and taking medications. These services are important because some illness and accidents have made it so that some people need life-long assistance. These services are important to the older generation because many of them may not have families that can tend to them full-time. Many of those utilizing LTSS are baby boomers. This refers to the group of people born in the years after World War II where there was a significant increase in birth rate. America’s health care costs will likely increase as this group of people reach older ages.

  • Life expectancy- How old a person will become
  • Long-term services and supports (LTSS)- Long-term services and supports provide assistance with activities of daily living. 
  • Baby boomers- The group of people born in the years after World War II where there was a significant increase in birth rate.

Sources

ASAGING. 2014. Aging in the Community. Retrieved from http://www.asaging.org/blog/aging-community-communitarian-alternative-aging-place-alone

KFF. 2015. Medicaid and Long-Term Services and Supports: A Primer. Retrieved from https://www.kff.org/medicaid/report/medicaid-and-long-term-services-and-supports-a-primer/

 

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