The Cost of Aging in America
The number of people aged 65 and older has increased dramatically in the last century. By 2050, in fact, this group is expected to make up more than 20 percent of the total U.S. population, up from just 4 percent in 1900. What’s more, the total number of people aged 85 and older — those who are most likely to require the most expensive care —is expected to triple by 2050. MPH@GW, the online MPH offered through the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University created "The Cost of Aging in America" to help explain the financial and health-related pressures faced by this growing population, and to pinpoint some ways in which our larger health care system might address those challenges. Read on to learn more.