Written by Katherine A. Evans, DNP, FNP-C, GNP-BC, ACHPN, FAANP
June 27, 2018
By 2030, about one in five Americans will be older than 65. As they age and life expectancy increases, the number of individuals with chronic health conditions, and demand for health professionals to care for them, will grow.
Currently, three in four Americans over the age of 65 have two or more chronic health conditions, such as hypertension, cancer, stroke, arthritis and diabetes. These patients also account for 83.1 percent of all prescriptions in the United States.
Published in Becker's Hospital Review
About the author: Katherine A. Evans is a family and geriatric nurse practitioner certified in hospice and palliative care and is the recent past national president of the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA).