Prepared for Katy F. | Delivered August 23, 2019
Top Health Issues Over Age 65
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To determine the top 10 health conditions among those aged 65+ in the U.S., including the incidence rate of each condition. In addition, global statistics and projection on the same conditions are needed.
TOP TEN HEALTH ISSUES
The National Council on Aging states that the
top ten chronic diseases
afflicting those over 65 are hypertension (58%), high cholesterol (47%), arthritis (31%), ischemic heart disease (29%), diabetes (27%), kidney disease (18%), heart failure (14%), depression (14%), Alzheimer's disease or other dementia (11%), and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (11%).
Most reports, such as those offered by the
, focus on disease
(the active number of cases), rather than the
(the rate of new cases), in the US.
An October 2017 CDC report states that the prevalence of hypertension in those over 60 was
; the data was not provided for over 65, specifically.
A Harvard Health article suggests that
70-79% of men
over 55 have hypertension.
1.13 billion people
, globally, suffer from hypertension, though age-related data was not readily available.
The projected prevalence
of hypertension for the 65+ age groups is anticipated to remain stead
According to the CDC,
of those over 65 have arthritis.
By 2020, the overall prevalence of arthritis among all age groups is expected to increase from 54 million people in 2015 to
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