Alarming statistics regarding the aging population
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The costs of long-term care increase as it prepares for the rise of aging boomers. The current healthcare system strains to keep up with the enormous requirements faced by seniors due to rampant chronic illnesses and their struggles to maintain independence. They are the one's that disrupt the physical and mental well-being of older adults.

That's why SeniorCare.com examined the conditions and consequences that the aging population encounters with leading experts. The issues may be symptomatic of the cultures' attitude about aging. Read ahead and decide if the following matters are the result of denial? The company asked the experts:

What's one alarming senior health statistic that you see reported and believe does NOT get enough attention?

  • 28% of people aged 65 and older lived alone in 2010. Joy Loverde, The Elder Industry
  • 14.8 million seniors live alone and in isolation. Hunger threatens 9.3 million. Anthony Cirillo, The Aging Experience
  • 1 million homebound seniors are malnourished, and 35-50% long-term care residents suffer from poor nutrition. Kathy Birkett, Senior Care Corner
  • 1.6 million+ older U.S. adults go to emergency departments for fall-related injuries each year. Shannon Martin, Aging Wisely
  • U.S expects an 80% increase in people over the age of 65 and who will need 5 to 10 times more health care resources. Gil Van Bokkelen, Athersys
  • 60% of the people diagnosed with dementia WILL wander at some point. Shelley Webb, The Intentional Caregiver
  • 78% receiving long-term care at home get care from unpaid family and friends. Nancy Ruffner, NavigateNC
  • Medicare spends more than $17 billion annually on avoidable readmissions due to medication mismanagement. Tim Murray, Aware Senior Care
  • The high risks of suicide for people of every age. Margo Rose, Body Aware
  • Grieving Who will treat the 90 million people over 65 in 2050 since the number of Geriatricians continues to shrink? Stuart Karten, Karten Design
  • 100,000 seniors per year become hospitalized due to medications. Leslie Kernisan, MD MPH, Geriatrics for Caregivers
  • 40% of seniors said that staying connected to friends and family was most important to maintaining a high quality of life in their senior years. Connie Chow, Daily Caring
  • Why people (incorrectly) believe that Medicare pays for long-term care. Ai-jen Poo, Caring Across Generations
  • Over 75% of adults do not know whether their state has implemented a Partnership Program. Stephan Forman, LTCA
  • The high percentage of long-term care users diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias. Steve Hays, Artower Advisory
  • Diagnosed diabetes increased 118% (from 5.5% to 12.0%) for those aged 45-64 years, 140% (9.1% to 21.8%) for those aged 65-74 years, and 125% (8.9% to 20.0%) for those aged 75 years and older (from 1980 through 2011, CDC.) Kelly Lee Hardin, MSN, RN, CDE, Telcare


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