Article sourced from CDC. Read more here: https://www.cdc.gov/grand-rounds/pp/2017/20170919-senior-aging.html
Presented on Tuesday, September 19, 2017.
Americans are Living Longer and in Greater Numbers
The population of older Americans is growing and living longer than ever. As a group, they are living active lives and contributing to the economy. The added years to the lifespans have resulted in a longer middle age—extending the period when workers are at their most productive and creative.
- 10,000 people are turning 65 a day
- 80 percent of people age 50 and older plan to work past 65
- People over 50 in the US contribute $7.6 trillion to the economy annually
Aging Brings Challenges
Aging brings an increase in the prevalence of chronic diseases, such as hypertension, diabetes, arthritis, and dementia. For example, Alzheimer’s disease, the most common type of dementia, is the 5th leading cause of death among older Americans. Older adults also face more challenges with everyday living activities.
- 80 percent of older adults have at least one chronic health condition
- 1 in 3 older adults has limitations in activities such as preparing meals and housekeeping
The Challenges of Caregiving and Caregivers
Birth rates are declining, posing a potential shortfall of caregivers, and that trend will continue. Caregivers themselves are at risk for health problems. Trends show they will be working longer hours and caring for people with more than one chronic disease.
Join us for this session of Public Health Grand Rounds as experts discuss the impact the aging population will have on their caregivers, the public health system, and the aging themselves. Hear what CDC and public health officials are doing and what needs to be done.