Disease Trends and the Delivery of Health Care Services Essay

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Disease Trends and the Delivery of Health Care Services Final Project Axia college 1/15/2012 Many health care professional have great concerns about the growth of the aging population, chronic disease and the epidemic of obesity, and how will the United States healthcare system prepared for this continuing epidemic. The fact that the aging population along with obesity epidemic is a global healthcare concern, many health cares’ professional is baffled about how to address the growing epidemic that many American’s will face. . According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (2003) the population aged greater than 65 years is estimated to reach 19.2% in 2030, an increase from 12.4% in 2000. To break the growth down…show more content…
This is considered a successful achievement in medical involvement; however, worries of how to respond to this achievement must be answered. Although significant gains have been made against chronic diseases, it has presented a new challenge. Chronic diseases are a common burden of the aging often requiring continued healthcare. Cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis are two such chronic diseases common in the elderly. Most likely the ageing trend will continue to increase. However, with the population of baby boomer on the rise the likelihood of more disease will increase. The percentages of people who viewed their health as poor or only fair increased with age. Along with likelihood of having more than one disease also increases with age. According to the CDC “people aged 65 and older, 30% have three or more chronic diseases. Nearly 75% of all deaths in the United States are deaths of elderly people. For many decades, heart disease, cancer, and stroke have been the leading causes of death among the elderly, accounting for 70% of all deaths in this age group”. The next most common causes of death in people aged 65 and older are chronic lung disease, pneumonia and influenza, diabetes, accidental injuries, Alzheimer’s disease, kidney disease, and blood infections. However many of these disease can be avoided among the elderly population.
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