The Cost of Ageing in America

By 2050, people aged 65 and older will make up more than 20 percent of the U.S. population. As a result of public health initiatives and medical advances throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, people are now living longer than ever before. Health advancements related to the treatment of heart disease and infectious diseases, along with immunizations, have contributed to longer lives. But a growth in the ageing population does not necessarily mean an increase in healthy ageing. Especially for people older than 85, ageing comes with a need for long-term care, assistance with daily activities, and financial consequences.

MPH@GW, the online Master of Public Health offered through the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, created the following infographic to help explain the economic implications of a growing aging population in the United States for older Americans and their families.

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Read the full blog post on the MPH@GW website
(The online master of public health from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University)

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Written By Ms Emily Newhook

Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University

15 December 2015

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