The US population is aging at an unprecedented rate as life expectancy improves and baby boomers reach retirement age. By 2030, the number of Americans over 65 will increase by 30 million and account for 20 percent of the total population.
Our nation’s ability to provide health care services to this growing senior population is woefully inadequate. There is an acute shortage of health care workers—nurses, in particular. Between the growing senior population, the number of nurses soon retiring, and the lack of nursing educators to help develop a new workforce, the US nursing shortage is expected to reach 800,000 by 2020.
We are an aging population due, in part, to significantly longer life expectancies. This highlights the importance of providing services that address the health and wellness needs of seniors, whether they live in retirement communities or in their own home. The Foundation has partnered with several universities to develop new tools for seniors, including a program with Cal State Fullerton to develop water-based fall reduction solutions.