Ommunity Health Advocacy Project a Part Four

Community Health Advocacy Project a Part Four
This is continuation work from the previous work. I will paste the instructions for this part and after the Part One.

Community Health Advocacy Project a Part Four Instructions
Design a data collection tool that can be used with your aggregate population. Make sure the tool contains the following elements:

A·Demographicsa name, birth date, ethnicity, sex, education level, and so forth

A·The questions that you created with in Part One and any others that you feel would apply

A·Two additional questions that would be consistent with the goals of Healthy People 2020

A·Data from reliable sources that answer each of the questions you asked

Include data points with two levels of data for eacha if you cannot find two points, state a?a data gap existsa?. Here is an example of two levels of data (hypothetical example): teen pregnancy rate in state of PA 18%; national teen pregnancy rate 15%. You could also use statistics for your county and state instead of looking at national levels. Please see the example in the weekly guide to help you better understand this assignment requirement.

Part One

Community Health Advocacy Project a Part One
In community health or public health nursing identifying an aggregate is the most essential step. The identification of an aggregate will help in applying nursing and medical concepts to research effectively. An aggregate is a large population sharing common characteristics or possessing common medical conditions. The aggregate selected for this assignment is the elderly with depression. Depression is not a normal characteristic of aging; however, it is a common one. The symptoms of depression influence every aspect of life and most often go unrecognized preventing the acquisition of much needed help. This paper will address depression in the elderly population and the impact that it oftentimes has with regard to the family, health centers, and the society as a whole.
Statistics
More than two million of the 34 million Americans age 65 and older suffer from some form of depression, in which depression is the leading cause of suicide. It is also of note that 58% of the population aged 65 and older believe that depression is normal in aging (2009 Mental Health America).
Why this aggregate?
The elderly and their symptoms of depression are often overlooked because the symptoms are often masked by other illnesses. Chronic medical conditions that are disabling, painful, or life-threatening can result in depression or worsen its symptoms. Some of the illnesses that increase the chance of depression are cancer, stroke, heart disease, Parkinsonas disease, dementia, and Alzheimeras disease. It is also important to note that many of the drugs used to treat these illnesses have depression as a side effect.
Other common causes of depression in the elderly are related to loneliness or isolation as a result of living alone or a reduced social circle because of relocation or deaths. A very common cause is the reduced sense of purpose that can be due to physical limitations or retirement.
One of the prime determinants frequently not considered is the impact or the negative stigma attached to depression within the elderly population. It is the general consensus that these individuals are a tax and drain upon the resources and energies of those within the family or the society who are charged with their care (Popovic et al, 2008).
One of the most important means by which depression within the elderly population can be lessened is with regard to this feeling of worthlessness and drain that many of these individuals actively engage in (Farrel, 1997). Although it is not always the case, the impact, and role that family members and the close network of friends and support groups that elderly individuals rely upon are the most actionable means by which feelings of worth and well-being can be maximized.
The key questions regarding depression within the elderly that should be answered are concentric around whether or not these individuals are sole survivors, whether or not they have close friends or family with which to interact, and the degree to which health care constraints and maintenance of their own health factor into the overall likelihood and evidence of depression within their respective lives (Chung, 2008). Accordingly, three salient questions will be put forward within this analysis that will seek to understand this aggregate population to a better and more complete degree as a means of finding key areas of strength in which the needs of this population can be addressed.
1. Are there any commonalities between evidence of depression and specific diseases/health maladies or is it a general trend that is impacted upon by situational factors outside of health realities?
2. To what extent does the existence of family and some form of other support system impact upon the existence of depression within the elderly community?
3. Is there any prior research or case studies that have been conducted that promote clear and actionable means by which healthcare providers can seek to impact upon the existence of depression within the elderly from a non-pharmacological or counseling standpoint?
4. How do we proactively recognize the early signs of depression and distinguish them from dementia where the two can be superimposed on each other?

Ommunity Health Advocacy Project a Part Four

Design a data collection tool that can be used with your aggregate population. Make sure the tool contains the following:

a? Demographicsa name, birth date, ethnicity, sex, education level, and so forth
a? The questions that you came up with in Part One and any others that you feel would apply
a? Two additional questions that would be consistent with the goals of Healthy People 2020
a? Data from reliable sources that answers each of the questions you asked

Include data points with two levels of data for eacha if you cannot find two points, a data gap exists.

Include your data in Part Four of the Weekly Guide.

Week one Questions
1. How to improve education in the Glade about HIV/AIDS and improve health disparities that exist there?
2. What are the accessible health care in the Belle Glades area for HIV/AIDS patients and how to ensure they have access to such care?
3. What government programs are currently in place to assist with the education and treatment of HIV/AIDS patients in the Glades and what improvement is needed?

Ommunity Health Advocacy Project a Part Four

Design a data collection tool that can be used with your aggregate population. Make sure the tool contains the following:

a? Demographicsa name, birth date, ethnicity, sex, education level, and so forth
a? The questions that you came up with in week one and any others that you feel would apply
a? Two additional questions that would be consistent with the goals of Healthy People 2020
a? Data from reliable sources that answers each of the questions you asked. If you canat find data, state, a?unable to find specific data to answer this questiona?.

Include data points with two levels of data for eacha if you cannot find two points, state a data gap exists and more research is needed in this area.