The combination of advancements in medical science and general improvement of quality of living is helping Americans live longer as compared to the past. This trend is evident from the fact that the proportion of Americans aged 65+ to the total population has risen from 12.4 percent in 2000 to 14.9 percent in 2016. This number is expected to rise further, and by 2050, 22 out of every 100 Americans will be aged above 65 years.
Of course, living longer does not mean Americans will be leading a healthier life. As of 2016, eight out of every 10 Americans suffer from more than one chronic health condition. Common ailments include hypertension, high cholesterol, allergies, diabetes, etc., which either require or invariably lead to prolonged medical and nursing care.
This reason is why a shortage of nurses, despite nursing being one of the fastest-growing occupations in the U.S., is a very significant issue.
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