Disease Trends and the Delivery of Healthcare Services

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Disease Trends and the Delivery of Health Care Services Health trends in the United States indicate that there are several real problems trending. First of all, the United States population is aging at a fairly rapid rate which means that the problems associate with old age are becoming more prevalent. Another issue that country must face is that obesity has become an epidemic that needs to be curtailed or the health system will not be able to help the people who are destined to adopt diseases associated with increased weight. This essay is a report with regard to the trends that are occurring in the United States health environment and what those trends mean for healthcare professionals. US Age Composition After World War II, soldiers and sailors returning from the war, and the women who were waiting for them, formed alliances that resulted in the largest population spike in United States history. Although this is a trend that happens after every war (including those of short duration such as Desert Storm in 1991), the number of people involved in producing offspring was much greater after the Second World War so the spike was much greater. This generation has a timeline of 1946-1964 since these were the fertile years, in general, of the women involved (US History, 2010). Looking at this time duration it is easy to understand why the aging curve is increasing in the United States at present. According to the US Census Bureau (2010), the population of the United
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