According to Avamere, 13% of the population is over 65. And as we all know, the older you get, the more at risk you are for certain diseases.
As the population grows older, it’s important to understand the many options of assisted living and quality senior care. At least 70% of the population over 65 will require long-term care and services at some point.
In 1900, the average person lived to be 47. Today, that age has increased significantly to 77. And because of the increase in longevity, 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 each day. Right now, there’s over 53,000 people in the US that are 100 years or older. And by 2030, the percentage of people over 65 will double to 26%.
From 2000 to 2010, the western states saw the largest growth in the senior population. People aged 65+ increased 23.5% to 8.5 million. People aged 85+ increased 42.8% to 1.2 million.
There’s quite a few diseases that one needs to be on the lookout for as they age. As of now, heart disease remains the number one killer. Over half of all stroke victims are 65+ and almost 67 million Americans have high blood pressure. Alzheimers is another big one to watch out for. Five million Americans are living with Alzheimers right now and 10% of people over 65 will develop the disease. A staggering 50% of people over 85 will develop Alzheimers contributing to it being the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S.
There’s plenty more to watch out for. Read on in the infographic below.