In recent years, there has been a concerning trend observed globally—the decline in life expectancy for men. Traditionally, advancements in healthcare, technology, and overall living conditions have contributed to a steady increase in life expectancy. However, the statistics tell a different story for men in many parts of the world.
New drugs used for weight loss may also reduce the risks of heart attacks. A pharma company wants Medicare to cover the drugs, but a federal ban prevents Medicare from covering weight loss drugs. Should they be covered?
The number of older Americans living alone is on the rise. Nearly 16 million people aged 65 and older in the US lived solo in 2022, three times as many who lived alone in that age group in the 1960s. And as Baby Boomers age, that number is expected to grow even more, raising significant questions about the country’s future. Living alone has become increasingly common in recent years. In the United States, for example, the number of people living alone has increased by 50% since 1970. While living alone has many benefits, such as independence and privacy, there are also some potential health risks.
More than half the world’s population will be classed as obese or overweight by 2035 if action is not taken, the World Obesity Federation warns. The British Journal of Sports Medicine. Researchers examined 196 studies and found that a brisk walk — of at least 11 minutes a day — significantly lowered participants’ risks for heart disease, many kinds of cancer, and mortality overall. Walking may even help with arthritic pain and memory.
People are living longer despite the downturn because of COVID but has anyone asked if they want to live longer? Unless you stay in shape, getting older can be a challenge because of physical and financial problems. We must evaluate whether patients want to live longer with limitations or let nature take its course.
By 2030, every Baby Boomer will be 65 or older, meaning that 1 out of every 5 U.S. citizens will be of retirement age. As a result, there will be far more demand than healthcare supply in the future. Healthcare costs will increase, and we’ll need to adapt. The U.S. home care market is expected to grow from $100 billion in 2016 to $225 billion by 2024, driven by an expanding senior population.
American healthcare is the most expensive globally, but it’s not close to being the best. Our healthcare system has become like a mass-market retailer, in the door to treat the problem and out the door with an Rx or other treatment recommendation. What’s missing is the basic premise of any good care: the focus on the person, not just the condition.
SUMMARY: Those working in pharma know that ageism exists, especially in the sales force. Pharma has been purging older employees for some time, and when you reach the magic age of 50+, you’re going to be pushed to take “early retirement.”