HCA 240 Week 9 Disease trends and the Delivery of Health Care Services
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Disease trends and the Delivery of Health Care Services
The current age composition of the United States population according to the 2010 Census was 308.7 million people on April 1, 2010. There is an increase of 9.7 % since 2000. The data shows that the male population grew 9.9%, which is somewhat more rapidly than the female population, which was 9.5%. Of the 308.7 million people, 157 million were female and 151.8 were male. People under the age of 18 were 112.8; people of age 45-64 were 81.5 million. The 40.3 million people of the 308.7 were age 65 and over (Howden, Meyer, 2011).
According to University of Phoenix Trends in aging-United States and Worldwide (2003), the population of age 65 years and over will increase 19.6% in 2030 that equals to 71 million people. The number of people of age 80 years and over will increase to19.5 million in 2030. This increase of people of age 65 years and over will increase the healthcare cost.
Environmental factors that support this trend in aging are, exercising and one’s diet. Whether one exercises or is inactive is a major factor. Exercise affects the aging process more than genes do. If one is not active, he or she can die prematurely from many conditions and diseases. Inactivity can also cause one to become immobilized at an earlier age. One’s diet also can be a factor in aging. A healthy low fat diet can help one have a healthier longer life (Which Environmental Factors Affect Aging?, 2006-2012).
HCA 240 Week 9 Disease trends and the Delivery of Health Care...