Stanhope, M., & Lancaster, J. (2012). Public health nursing: Population-centered Healthcare in the community

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According to Stanhope and Lancaster, a community is defined as “a social network of interacting individuals, usually concentrated in a defined territory” (2014). A community can mean different things to different individuals. The aggregate that I continue to focus on is the elderly. The community that I am reflecting on is located in Hart County Georgia. The people are a vast majority. The elderly often live together in housing and or an assisted living facility or a nursing home if no other care is available for the patient. The function of the elderly in a housing complex is often to just get by. There are some facilities that are more geared to the demographic and provide specific activities and games and or crafts etc that help foster personal growth. These are usually more in a more expensive area that all of the demographic are not able to experience. The underserved areas are just in these types of housing areas to live and have a roof over their heads with no frills and just the basics to survive. One of the factors that I found for my demographic and discussed previously are that of adequate disease control. I mention this specifically in regards to meals for the aggregate. The patient population often needs to have certain food restrictions such as sodium and or no concentrated sweets for the diabetic client. Services such as meals on wheels and or a meal delivery program provided by a local nonprofit or church as to focus on feeding the masses in general and not necessarily based on a dietetic regimen. Also elderly who have no caregivers or family support maybe low on cash and not able to prepare the proper meals for themselves and are forced to eat fast food because it is convenient and cheap and will not aid in the helping to control the disease process of my elderly demographic.
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Stanhope, M., & Lancaster, J. (2012). Public health nursing: Population-centered Healthcare in the community. Maryland Heights, MO: Elsevier Mosby.

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