Finally in this week’s news is a look at a recent report on the steadily aging population I found over at healthday.com. The U.S. Census Bureau release a new report on the prospective number of elderly in the United States by 2050 and it doesn’t look like we’re going to get a break any time soon.
Family, Workplace, Political Changes
According to the report the number of elderly patients we can expect to have on hand will more than double by 2050 meaning that we’ll need even more healthcare workers and professionals like nurses to manage them. The effects will not only be on healthcare but also on businesses and politics.
Family structures will change and we can expect to see more extended families living together in support of an elderly parent or grandparent. There will be a higher ratio of retirees to people in the workforce and it may mean that more people will work until later in life, putting off retirement until well after 65, increasing work-related injury and stress in the elderly patients we will see.
U.S. Younger Than Other Industrialized Nations
Interestingly, the U.S. will actually be one of the “younger” populations as we have continued a higher birthrate than other industrialized nations which have actually seen population level off or even decline as young families put off having children. The important thing is that we, as nurses, must continue to inspire new nurses for the healthcare systems continued needs in the future.
Keep your eyes open for that promising young person and nudge them toward a career in nursing. You might be needing them sometime down the road for yourself or someone you love.
Make sure you follow-up on the links for this news item and all of the other news and additional resource links from this week’s episode – Nurses Lead The Way for Organ Donation, End Of Life Support and Episode 297.