Aging statistics

Conditions and consequences that the aging population encounters disrupt the physical and mental well-being of older adults.

The cost of long-term care is increasing as the number of aging boomers rises. 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. Conditions and consequences that the aging population encounters disrupt the physical and mental well-being of older adults.

SeniorCare.com asked leading experts to weigh in on the issues that may be symptomatic of the culture’s attitude about aging. We asked this question: “What’s one alarming senior health statistic that you see reported and believe does NOT get enough attention?”

Twenty eight percent of people aged 65 and older lived alone in 2010. (Joy Loverde, The Elder Industry)

About 14.8 million seniors live alone and in isolation. Hunger threatens 9.3 million. (Anthony Cirillo, The Aging Experience)

One million homebound seniors are malnourished, and 35 to 50 percent long-term care residents suffer from poor nutrition. (Kathy Birkett, Senior Care Corner)

More than 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 percent increase in people over the age of 65 and who will need five to 10 times more health care resources. (Gil Van Bokkelen, Athersys)

Sixty percent of the people diagnosed with dementia WILL wander at some point. (Shelley Webb, The Intentional Caregiver)

Seventy eight percent 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)

There are 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)

One hundred thousand seniors per year become hospitalized due to medications. (Leslie Kernisan, MD MPH, Geriatrics for Caregivers)

Forty percent 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 do people (incorrectly) believe that Medicare pays for long-term care? (Ai-jen Poo, Caring Across Generations)

More than 75 percent of adults do not know whether their state has implemented a Partnership Program. (Stephan Forman, LTCA)

A high percentage of long-term care users are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. (Steve Hays, Artower Advisory)

Diagnosed diabetes increased 118 percent (from 5.5 percent to 12 percent) for those ages 45 to 64 years, 140 percent (9.1 percent to 21.8 percent) for those ages 65 to 74 years, and 125 percent (8.9 percent to 20 percent) for those ages 75 years and older, from 1980 through 2011, CDC. (Kelly Lee Hardin, MSN, RN, CDE, Telcare)