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A Better Approach to Better Health

Our nation’s approach to health and health care is broken. The U.S. spends more on health care than any other developed nation in the world but has some of the poorest health outcomes among wealthy countries.


Population Health Stats

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Nurses Health Week

Nurses are highly educated professionals who make critical assessments and autonomous decisions. They educate and fearlessly advocate for patients and communities. They are prepared to be nursing leaders, administer health systems and education future generations of nurses and practitioners. They devote their careers to promoting the health and wellbeing of our society at home and across the globe. Nurses are the most trusted profession, they make a difference and save lives. The nobility of their professionalism and compassion has been and continues to be on full display to the world during the COVID-19 pandemic. We salute those who have chosen nursing as their calling and encourage nursing students to continue their pursuit in this noble profession. National Nurses’ Week 2022 — May 6–12.

College of Nursing

Monthly Focus

Each month UH Population Health will feature a “population” highlighted as part of national health observances.

May

Older Americans Month

Older Americans Month is devoted to celebrating older Americans and their contributions, raising awareness of issues related to age and aging. The term “older Americans” generally refers to Americans age 65 and older.

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727 million

Globally, there are 727 million people 65 years of age and older. This number is expected to double by 2050 to 1.5 billion.

  • $45.5 billion

    Nearly 25% of older adults volunteer in some capacity, which translates to 1.9 billion service hours worth $45.5 billion in donated services.

  • $20.5 trillion- U.S.
    $13.4 trillion- China
    $8.3 trillion- U.S. 50+

    The economic contributions of Americans age 50+ exceeds $8.3 trillion. If this group had their own economy, they would be the world's third largest by gross domestic product behind the U.S. and China.

  • 96%

    More than 46 million adults 65 years of age and older live in the U.S. By 2050, that number is expected to grow by 96% to 90 million.

  • By 2030, 1 in 5 Americans is projected to be 65 years of age and older.

Sources:

  • U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • U.S. Census Bureau
  • United Nations - Population Division
  • AARP