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Canada Specific Healthcare Question 12
If you were in charge of health education, name two areas that you would focus on for a) grade 8 students and b) pensioners.
(a) The two areas I would focus on if teaching grade 8 students would be regarding physical and mental health. Regarding physical health, I would focus on remaining active and following a balanced diet; I would describe the components that make up a healthy diet, providing examples of items making up each food group, and additionally give information on how active one must be. Whilst children at this age generally do remain active through school sports and activities, it is still important to ensure they enter a routine of doing regular physical activity, whether it be through simple things such as walking or cycling to school. Often at this period of children’s life, they are going through emotional and physical changes, especially for young girls, who may be starting their periods at this time. Therefore, I would encourage teaching on how to cope with feelings of anxiety or depression that may appear at this stage, and what services are available should they want to seek help.
(b) I feel that two main issues that may become prominent amongst the elderly are loneliness and physical inactivity. Due to factors such as the potential loss of a partner or feeling isolated from their family should they live far away, it is common for pensioners to feel lonely, particularly without a job to occupy them. For this reason, I would provide them with information on services that could provide them with company or activities to partake in should they feel alone at any point. I believe that volunteering opportunities in particular would be extremely beneficial, as it would also benefit the local community. Following on from this, I would also teach the elderly ways to remain active - to improve their overall wellbeing and reduce the risk of degenerative conditions such as osteoarthritis – and signpost them to clubs or groups that specialise in providing enjoyable activities for the elderly.