Caring for an aging population: Past, Present, Future – The Daily Briefing

Older adults, defined as people aged 65 and older, make up a larger part of the health care system than ever before. This growing segment of the population has very different demographics and health needs. To create a sustainable model and provide the best level of care, we have to understand who makes up the older adult population, how their financial and health status has changed over time, and what labor force supports them.

In this infographic series, we explore:

  • Demographic information, including age range, sex composition, and socioeconomic status.
  • Health profiles, including prevalent chronic conditions and life expectancy.
  • The cost of care and how seniors pay for care.
  • The workforce supporting older adults, from un-paid caregivers to geriatricians.
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