Geriatrics Research Round Up

August, 2021

Dear Readers,

In this issue of the NCEAS Research and Resources Roundup, we explore critical health issues related to Geriatrics, a branch of medicine and social science related to health of older adults. The population clock on August 1, 2021 records the total population of United States of America at 332,580,620. According to demographic data, approximately 16% of the population comprises persons 65 years and older. The population estimates show 30.2% increase in the 65-and-older age group since 2010. By 2030, 1 in 5 Americans, or 72.7 million, will be aged 65 years or older, and by 2050, the number of adults aged 65 years or older in the United States is projected to reach 83.7 million. Population estimates continue to affirm that aging across race groups differs, and social determinants of health, including income, differ by gender and race.

The growing number of older adults in the United States population has placed unprecedented demands on aging services and public health and health care systems. The rapid growth in the number of older adults is significant because aging is associated with the onset of many chronic conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Additionally, the number of geriatrics-trained health professionals has not kept pace with the growing number of older adults and this gap is expected to widen. The lack of an appropriately trained primary care health workforce creates a serious quality gap in health care access and delivery for older adults. Lastly, the COVID-19 pandemic has augmented historic health disparities and added to the vulnerability of older adults.

Providing patient- and family-centered care to address physical and mental health needs of the growing number of older adults in the United States is a national public health priority.  We share recent evidence to shape and guide health care practice, education and public health policy efforts to support the health and well-being of older adults.

Memoona Hasnain, MD, MHPE, PhD

Editor, NCEAS Research and Resources Roundup


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