April 7, 2013
Disease Trends and the Delivery of Health Care Services
As the United States ages over the next several decades, the older population will become racially and ethnically diverse. The structure, in terms of age, race, and Hispanic origin, of the elderly population is important to the public as well as the private interests, both socially and economically. The projected growth of the older population in the United States faces challenges to certain programs, such as Social Security and Medicare. It, too, will affect families, businesses and health care providers.
According to the Census Bureau, it estimates that “between 2010 and 2050 the U.S. Population is projected to grow from 310 million to 439 million, which is an increase of 42 percent”. Our nation will also become more racially and ethnically diverse. The U.S. population is also expected to have more elderly residents that are aged 65 and older by 2030. The life expectancy will increase due to the advance technology in that we have in health care today versus 30 years ago. It definitely has come a long way since then and will continue to improve. Also, the younger generation of today predicts that when they become aged 65 or older, the population will be better educated, healthier, and culturally literate due to the generation that they live in today.
The baby boomers have had a huge impact on the society that we live in today. Over the past 50 years, the majority of the families had anywhere from four to nine children, which was a normal size family. Presently, and possibly in the next twenty plus years, the family size will probably be anywhere from two to three children. In the society that we live in today and in the future, the cost of raising more than three children is astronomical and a middle class family will not be able to provide financially for more than...