Disease Trends and the Delivery of Health Care Services
Kari Merrill MSN, MHSc
Aging, Obesity, and the Future
Health care delivery will have to adapt in the future to accommodate trends in aging and obesity related issues. The current population will be reaching “older” ages of 65 or older in the coming years and should be aware and knowledgeable of health care trends, disease and illness trends, and how Obesity could affect them in the future as well. Now to learn more about aging, obesity, and health care related issues in the future. Aging
The current age of the national population plays a major role in future health care trends. The U.S. population has grown greatly due to increase in births, decreasing death rates, and increases in immigration to the United States. The fertility rates of people in the U.S. are currently way above normal birth and death rates are low. The population is also growing because of declining mortality rates for common causes of death. Shrestha (2009) There is also currently more immigration in to the United States than people who move from the U.S. and so the population continues to grow. The U.S. population has grown rapidly and immensely in numbers since the 1950's. The “baby boomer” generation is now aging and will be hitting the “older” ages within the next ten to twenty years. This was the starting point for the rise in the United States population. The population is now showing “From a base of about 152 million Americans in 1950, an additional 155 million persons were added to the population between 1950 and 2009, with the number of additional women slightly outnumbering additional men.”Shrestha (2009) Because of the continuing immigration to the U.S. and the amount of fertility in the U.S. the population will continue to rise over the next ten to twenty years. As a result in the future the aging population will be living longer and will be facing other trends such as with health care...
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