HCS/433: Dimensions of Health and the Older Adult – Week 1
Due Thursday (15 pts)
Write a 175- to 265-word response to the following question:
What current trend in aging is having an impact on the way health care is perceived in the United States?
The United States is presently ranked among the top countries in the world for the elderly. According to
Haseltine (2018), “as the worldwide population ages, the healthcare systems of every country, including
the United States, will face significant challenges to meet the needs of an aging population”. Elder and
long-term care will rapidly grow becoming the most overwhelming healthcare challenge. The proportion
of the population over the age of 65 is projected to increase to an estimated 71 million in the year 2030.
With this increase, it is important to recognize the effects it will have on the healthcare industry and the
families it will affect. The financial responsibility of caring for an aging loved one is a hurdle that a family
may not be capable of doing. It is crucial to determine cost effective approaches to care for elder and
long-term patients as the population continues to grow.