Impact of the Aging Population on Healthcare

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Health Care Delivery United States Population Demographics The current population of the United States according to the 2010 census is over 308 million. The median age is now 37.2 percent, up from 35.3 percent in 2000. Seven states recorded a median age of 40 or older. Of the total population 50.8 percent are female 49.2 percent male. Between 2000 and 2010, the population 45 to 64 years old grew 31.5 percent to 81.5 million. This age group now makes up 26.4 percent of the total U.S. population. The large growth among 45- to 64-year-olds is primarily because of the aging of the baby boom population. The 65-and-older population also grew faster than younger population groups at a rate of 15.1 percent to 40.3 million people, or 13.0 percent of the total population. Growth rates for those fewer than 18 and between the ages of 18 and 44 were much slower. The 18 and younger group grew 2.6 percent to 74.2 million people, comprising 24.0 percent of the total population, while the 18 to 44 age group grew at an even slower rate of 0.6 percent to 112.8 million, comprising 36.5 percent of the population (U.S. Census Bureau, 2011). Impact of the Aging Population on Heath Care Over the next 50 years the expected growth of the older adult population in the United States will have a profound impact on the health care system. The baby boom generation is already having an effect on the heath care system and this is expected to grow as the century progresses. Individuals in this age
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