Shocking health statistics on the aging U.S. population
The stats on aging-related diseases and care costs continue to rise, and the healthcare system can hardly keep up. We're dealing with rampant chronic diseases like diabetes, Alzheimer's and cancer. Why does it seem like the illnesses are out of control? We're talking about it everywhere, especially on television and on the web. The sicker our population becomes, the more expensive medical care will become.
The chronic conditions are not the only elephant in the room. People rarely discuss the other elephants — things like ageism. Our culture may believe the older group won't be here much longer anyway, so why bother?
SeniorCare.com worries older people aren't getting their fair consideration on factors like physical and emotional well-being, so they asked aging experts for help. What facts and data should seniors and family caregivers pay closer attention to when helping an older loved one in the family?
Experts share their top aging concerns:
28 percent of older adults (65+) lived alone in 2010
Over 9 million aging adults are threatened by hunger
Of the people diagnosed with Alzheimer's: 31.9 percent are in adult day services centers, 39.6 percent are in residential care communities, 30.1 percent are home health agency patients, 44.3 percent are hospice patients and 48.5 percent are nursing home residents