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By Andrew Burgon /
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October 19, 2013

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Daunting Social Issues That Beset Society

Social issues are the challenges that a person, a group of people or the whole of society face.They include things like elder abuse, homelessness and depression.

Elder abuse is a troubling matter the world over. It takes a number of different forms including financial and emotional abuse. A live-in caregiver siphoning off an elder’s money or selling his or her possessions. A family member who can’t take the strain of looking after a sickly parent and becomes harsh, cruel and neglectful.

Those who have some kind of dementia are at greater risk. A 2009 study revealed that close to 50% of people in America with dementia experienced some kind of abuse. Another study in 2010 found that 47% of those who took part in the survey had been mistreated by their caregivers.

Homelessness in the United States is a problem affecting both children and adults. In 2013, one out of 30 children were homeless for varying lengths of time. That’s 2.5 million children living a harsh life on the streets. In January of the same year it was estimated that there were 57, 849 homeless U.S. veterans. These veterans, however, only represented 12% of all homeless adults.

Depression is an alarmingly wide spread problem that is said to affect 1 in 10 Americans at some point in their life. Every year the number of patients diagnosed with depression increases by approximately 20%.

It can be debilitating causing work absenteeism, short-term disability and decreased productivity. It can affect the course and outcome of common chronic conditions like arthritis, asthma, cardiovascualar disease , cancer, diabetes and obesity.

Despite it’s prevalence over 80% of those in 2012 who had symptoms of clinical depression were not receiving any specific treatment for it. This is a shame since the strongest risk factor for suicide is depression. Suicide takes the lives of nearly 40,00 Americans every year.

These are just a few of the social issues that are undermining the health of nations. I will be covering these and more in the future.

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