This study was just released Oct 15, 2008, which is an update on how many people in the USA will be over 65 years old (and many of them chronically ill) in the next 20 years. It can be hard to find specific statistics so this is always wonderful when they are updated.
As I approach churches about the need for HopeKeepers groups and publishers about the need for encouraging resources (that point people toward the Lord!) during their difficulties of living with illness, hard statistics are always a huge benefit.
I hope you may find them of interest, and possible use, as well.
Just Published — The Aging of America: Implications for the Business of Health Care Features Data, Trends and Research Findings from More Than 20 Organizations This clearinghouse of data and research from more than 20 agencies and organizations provides readers with impact that the growing "boomer" population will have on the health care industry. Washington, DC (PRWEB)
October 15, 2008 — Atlantic Information Services, Inc. –
The number of people in the U.S. who are 65 and older is expected to double in the next 25 years, to nearly 20% of all Americans (more than 70 million).
The age group 85 and older is now the fastest growing segment of the population. And with the explosion in raw numbers, the face of aging is also changing dramatically, in terms of longer life expectancy, more chronic illness, higher disability rates, growing long-term care needs, changing retiree migration patterns and their impact on hospital services, and much more.
Critical issues – such as the cost of managing chronic disease, and funding Medicaid, Medicare and Part D – will be magnified by the exploding number of Boomers who will live with chronic illness for longer periods of time and be eligible for these and other programs.