Nursing in an Aging American

Nursing in an Aging America For every person aged 65+ in 2000 there will be almost two by 2030.[1] That makes one in seven Americans today over the age of 65.[2] Profile: 25.1 million are women (56.2%) 19.6 million are men (43.8%) 78.8% are white 21.2% are minority And they’re active: 28% of older Americans live alone 536,000 grandparents 65+ have primary responsibility for their grandchildren (slightly more than 1 in 100 if you want to plot that way) By 2022 31.9% of the workforce will be ages 65-75[5] And America’s just getting older. The average American reaching 65 today are expected to live 19.3 years 20.5 for females 17.9 for males With the population 85+ expected to nearly triple from 2013-2040 2013: 6 million 2040: 14.6 million A majority of their medical needs will fall into the hands of nurses. Number nationwide:[4] Nursing Assistants: 1,534,400 Licensed Practical Nurses: 738,400 Registered Nurses: 2,711,500 Nurse Anesthetists/midwives/practitioners: 151,400 Active MD’s: 826,001 Can they keep pace? Increase in percentage 2012-2022: Americans 75+: 25% Americans 85+: 50% Expected change in employment: Average Growth in All Occupations: 11% Nursing Assistants: 21% Licensed Practical Nurses: 25% Registered Nurse: 19% Nurse Anesthetists/midwives/practitioners: 31% MD’s: 18% Actual Growth Rate Today: Licensed Practical Nurses: 15.5% Registered Nurses: 24.1% The Bad News: Nurses are aging too: Average age of working nurses: 50 RNs expected to retire/leave the workforce by 2022: 555,100 (one in five) Percentage of nurses under 40: 1980: 54% 1992: 44.8% 2000:31.7% 2004:26.6% 2008:29.5% Aging America needs not only more nurses, but more educated nurses.[6] 2000: 50% of the RN workforce hold a bachelors degree or higher...

10 Ways to Go Red This February

Go Red For Women wants to remind you of some easy ways you can Go Red this year. What does it mean to Go Red? It means supporting women just like you as we break the barriers against heart disease and stroke. Show your support for women to increase funding, education and awareness with these ideas: 10 Ways to Go Red 1. Know Your Heart Score Learn why it’s important to know your heart score on Go Red. Think you are eating right and getting enough exercise? It takes five minutes to make sure. Take the My Life Check and find out where you stand. You can also take the Go Red Heart CheckUp to get more tailored advice and information to improve your heart health. 2. Live Healthy Learn new ways to prevent heart disease with heart-healthy recipes, exercises and more on Go Red For Women. Our team of cardiologists, medical and fitness experts and nutritionists offer their advice to women like you for living a healthy lifestyle. 3. Know the Signs of a Heart Attack Watch Go Red For Women’s “Just a Little Heart Attack” video, starring and directed by Elizabeth Banks, to learn how to identify a heart attack. Learn more about the symptoms of a heart attack and stroke on Go Red. 4. Start Walking Get moving and start walking by starting or joining a walking club with friends or coworkers with the help of the American Heart Association. Sign up, get resources and even coordinate your group online! 5. Wear Red Brighten your wardrobe and support women fighting heart disease by wearing red and...

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