The concept of Compression of Morbidity was introduced by Dr. James Fries in the year 1980. According to his theory, most of the illnesses are chronic and develop in the later years of life. he postulated that the lifetime burden of a disease can be decreased if the time of onset of chronic diseases can be postponed and also if the postponement was greater than the life expectancy increase (Stanford School of Medicine).
Lifetime burden of disease is not only important from the health point of view of the aged population, but it also is a major issue of concern for the economy of a nation. Reducing the lifetime burden of illnesses can help in further economic growth of a nation by reducing the expenditure on the heath care of the elderly age group.
Being a gerontologist, I will suggest the family practitioners to encourage the aged patients about proper screening of the diseases at the earliest possible time. Early diagnosis helps in a timely treatment, reduces the risk of further complication, gives a better prognosis and helps in saving the cost of health care along with improving overall quality of life (Sharvill).
I will also ask the family members of the elderly patients to take proper care of them. This particular age group is a very sensitive lot of people. they need utmost care and attention. They are emotionally weak and vulnerable. A lot of diseases can be treated or can be prevented from occurring with the help of emotional support and care in these people. They long for attention from their family members, being by their side at the time of need can encourage them to a great extent (US Department of State).
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