Defining health and illness was some what difficult for me seeing there is so much involved in both. When I defined health I said it was not having a disease and to feel energized and satisfied with ones emotions and body. While I defined illness as ones body not functioning properly and inhibiting their daily life. The criteria that I used to come up with these definitions came from a variety of places including society, personal experiences and school. Society makes us think if one looks “bad” that they are unhealthy and therefore ill. While from general life experiences I have learned, as most of us have, that one can not look “normal” but still be healthy. Lastly school has taught me how to define such broad words to fit several different aspects of health and illnesses.
The condition of old age is not an illness in my eyes. Old age is a process in life that most everyone goes through. Although with age more illness comes about for many people. Age does not always mean illness will occur. It is a stereotype that has you get older you will not be able to do certain things in life like sports or being self sufficient due to health related issues. I know my eighty two year old grandpa still golfs eighteen holes several times a week and does some major landscaping projects along with traveling. Age is just a number if you are a healthy person than you are simply a healthy person no matter your age.
The second condition that I had trouble seeing as an illness is poverty. Poverty is not a health condition it is an economic status. There may be higher rates of health issues with in poverty stricken areas, but poverty itself is not an illness. More illness may be common for people in poverty because of unhealthy living conditions causing diseases or due to little money to pay for medical help. Theses are the difficult areas in the health field that need the most help, but again poverty itself I do not see as an illness.