Healthy Aging Month

September is Healthy Aging Month! Below are some facts about healthy aging. 

 

Health Challenges for Adults

  • Millions of older adults struggle with health and safety challenges like
    • Chronic Disease
      • About 80% of older adults have at least one chronic disease. 
      • 77% have at least two chronic diseases. 
      • Heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes, cause about 2/3 of all deaths each year. 
        • Diabetes affects 12.2 million Americans ages 60 and older, which is 23% of the older population. 
        • 57 million Americans ages 20 and older have pre-diabetes, which can increase someone’s risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. 
        • 90% of Americans ages 55 and over are at risk of having high blood pressure. 
      • 1% of health dollars are spent of public efforts to improve health. 
    • Falls
      • An older adult is treated in the emergency room for fall related injuries every 15 seconds. 
      • An older adult dies from fall related injuries every 15 minutes. 
      • For older adults, falls are the leading cause of fractures, hospital admissions for trauma, and injury deaths. 
      • The U.S. spends $30 billion per year treating older adults for the effects of falls, which may go up to $59.6 billion by 2020. 
    • Mental Health/Substance Abuse
      • 1 in 4 older adults have some mental disorder like depression and anxiety disorders and dementia. 
        • This number is supposed to double to 15 million by 2030. 
      • 7 million Americans are affected by depression. 
      • 2/3 of older adults with a mental disorder do not receive treatment.
      • People ages 85 and older have the highest suicide rate compared to any other age group. 
      • By 2020, 5 million adults are expected to have a substance abuse problem. 
      • Untreated mental disorders and substance abuse in older adults are linked to 
        • Poor Health Outcomes
        • Higher Healthcare Utilization
        • Increased Complexity of the Course and Prognosis of Illnesses
        • Increased Disability
        • Increased Impairment
        • Compromised Quality of Life
        • Increased Caregiver Stress
        • Increased Mortality 
        • Increased Risk of Suicide

For more information, go to https://www.ncoa.org/news/resources-for-reporters/get-the-facts/healthy-aging-facts/

Information Courtesy of the National Council on Aging