The Mortality Of Older Adults

2133 WordsApr 10, 20169 Pages
The number of older adults is increasing worldwide as longevity is increasing. The population of the world aged 60 years and older is projected to be 2 billion by 2050, increasing from 900 million in 2015 (WHO, 2015). With the graying of baby boomers, the number of older adults in the United States is escalating rapidly as well. The population aged 65 and over is projected to be 83.7 million by 2050, almost double than its estimated population of 43.1 million in 2012 (Ortman & Velkof, 2014). Due to this rapid increase in the number of older adults and increase in longevity, maintaining a healthy life in older age; or healthy aging is a huge issue in the present context. Health in later life has a huge impact on the demands and expenditure on health care as well as other social resources. Therefore, it is very important to discuss about the factors that contribute to healthy aging, in order to help older adults not just have a longer life but also a healthy one. Many authors have postulated their arguments regarding constituents of healthy aging or factors contributing to healthy aging. When I think about healthy aging numerous questions spontaneously occur in my mind. Some of those questions include but are not limited to: What is healthy aging? Is healthy aging possible given the inevitable decline in bodily functions and diseases that comes with increasing age? What factors contribute to the attainment of healthy aging? What are the norms of healthy aging? With reference
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