By 2050, the population of Americans over the age of 65 is expected to double to around 84 million. While that’s great news for seniors and their families, it also means that extra steps will need to be taken to ensure that the elderly live healthier lives, not just longer lives. The following is a snapshot of the current statistics when it comes to senior health, brought to you by Oklahoma Home Care Assistance.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), life expectancy is rising faster than was predicted just a few years ago. At 65 years, the life expectancy for women is currently 20.5 years. For 65-year-old men, the life expectancy is 17.9 years.
Chronic Health Conditions
Approximately 80 percent of seniors over the age of 65 who live at home have at least one chronic health condition. Hypertension and obesity are two of the most common problems:
- Hypertension: Around two thirds of seniors between the age of 65 and 74 have high blood pressure and/or are taking antihypertensive medication. The percentage of men over 75 with hypertension is around 75 percent. For women over 75, it’s nearly 80 percent.
- Obesity: Approximately 44 percent of women between 65 and 74 are classified as obese. For women over 75, the number drops to around 30 percent. An estimated 36 percent of men age 65 to 74 and around 27 percent of men over 75 are obese.
Leading Causes of Death
Heart disease remains the leading cause of death among people 65 and over. Around one third of the elderly population dies from the disease. Cancer and chronic respiratory disease account for around 45 percent of the approximately 2 million seniors who die each year. Alzheimer’s and diabetes are also in the top five leading causes of death.
Seniors live longer than previous generations, but they often require specialized care and additional services to thrive. Fortunately, the percentage of older people able to remain in their own homes during their golden years is increasing, thanks in part to services like quality home care for elderly.
Ensure your senior loved one has the resources and support necessary to live a long, happy, healthy life in the comfort of home with help from Home Care Assistance. We provide comprehensive live-in care, as well as respite care and part-time home care in Oklahoma. All of our care services include the use of our propriety Balanced Care Method, which focuses on daily activity, a nutritious diet, important social connections, and maintaining a sense of purpose. For more information on any of our care services, please give us a call at 405-285-4191.