The importance of senior care | Long-term care pharmacy is more important than ever before. The “baby boomer” population began in 1946, which means the “tip of the spear” just began turning 70 years old in 2016. As these baby boomers age, they will develop more comorbidities and health issues, and their impact on the system and their consumption of medications and health care services will skyrocket, so, this is probably just the tip of the iceberg. Consider this:
- Today there are over 46.2 million adults aged 65 and older in the United States; by 2060, that number is expected to double to 98 million.
- Starting in 2011 and continuing until 2030, approximately 10,000 baby boomers will celebrate their 65th birthday each day.
- Seniors represent 14.5% of the United States population, about 1 in 7 Americans.
- Nearly 92% of older adults have at least one chronic condition, and 77% have at least two.
- Some type of disability (e.g. difficulty in hearing, vision, cognition, ambulation, self-care, or independent living) was reported by 36% of adults aged 65 and over in 2012.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website has a useful tool – The Healthy Aging Data Portal – in which users can enter search categories and regions of interest in the US and Territories to find current healthy aging data for that area.
“Medications are probably the single most important health care technology in preventing illness, disability, and death in the geriatric population.”
Brahma, Wahlang, Marak, Sangama. “Adverse Drug Reactions in the Elderly”: Journal of Pharmacology & Pharmacotherapeutics, Apr-Jun 2013.Senior Care Facts: http://www.ascp.com/page/seniorcarefacts