Functional Disability With Aging
By the year 2025 approximately 25% of the population of the U.S. will be accounted for by those 60 and older (See map below). There is concern about the increased health care costs associated with disability in old age. Recent data, however shows that disability rates of Americans 65 and older has declined between 1982 and 1994.
Because of the expanding geriatric population, there is concern about the additional health care costs associated with disability in old age. Physical activity and healthy lifestyles can reduce the likelihood of disability and improve the quality and quantity of life for all Americans. The fact that disability rates have begun decreasing among the elderly is evidence that healthy lifestyles are having a positive benefit for many elderly individuals.
Source for graphic: U.S. Census Bureau