Next Generation of Older Adults Likely to Be Less Healthy, Report Indicates
June 3, 2016 | Aging Services Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance
The next generation of older adults is likely to be less healthy than the current population of older adults, according to the United Health Foundation's 2016 America's Health Rankings Senior Report and a May 24, 2016, press release from the foundation. The report examined the health of adults who were age 50 to 64 in 2014 and compared findings for those who were that age in 1999. The prevalence of diabetes increased 55%, and the prevalence of obesity increased 25%. Among states with a quickly growing population of older adults, 7 will experience at least an 80% increase in the prevalence of diabetes and 11 will experience at least a 20% increase in the prevalence of obesity.