Lecture Notes (3-5-09)

Lecture Notes (3-5-09) - Class Business...

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Class Business Announcement—Occupational Therapy—Ginny Empty Nests and Golden Years: Aging Today: Aging and Families Gerontology- the study of aging Graying of America Fastest growing segment of our population: Those 85 and older By the year 2050, 1 in 4 people will be over 65 U.S. Birth Rates Graph Birth rate is lowering since 1960 Life expectance up For women: In 1900—typical female lived 48 years Males—46 years Graying of America There are about 35 million people ages 65 or older in the United States They account for about 13 percent of the total population To compare: in 1900, there were only about 3 million older Americans Baby Boomers… Baby boomers are those born between 1946 and 1964 As baby boomers age—the result will be a doubling of America’s older population by 2030, reaching about 70 million Women life expectancy Women who reach age 61 cancer- and heart disease-free can expect to live to age 91 Men’s life expectancy
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A man who reached age 65 and is healthy now will most likely live to age 81 Question: How might these changes impact our society? Men/Women over 85 now number 4.2 million By 2050—19 million Change: Biological Gray hair, wrinkles, loss of height and weight Decline in strength and vitality
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