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Senior Living Insurance: Living Longer But Not Always Better

Senior Living Insurance: Living Longer But Not Always BetterSenior Living Insurance: Living Longer But Not Always Better

A study by the Assisted Living Federation of America found that the average life expectancy for Americans rose from 75.2 years in 1990 to 78.2 years in 2010. However, the study also found that despite the longer life span, individuals were in good health without disabilities for an average of 68.1 years, leaving a significant gap.

The gain in life expectancy was attributed to better management of certain diseases, particularly breast and colon cancer and efforts to stop preventable diseases such as HIV.

The analysis was based on data covering 291 diseases and 67 risk factors for disease. It also covered a multitude of government-sponsored health surveys with data from over 187 countries.

A large factor in the discrepancy between living health and the actual average lifespan is attributed to the rise in mortality rates from Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias. Illnesses linked to obesity, such as diabetes and kidney disease also increased.

Overall, although the average life expectancy has risen, it is at a slower rate than many other developed countries- despite spending the most per capita on health care across all countries. The U.S. ranks 27th among the 34 developed countries included in the study.

The senior living industry can combat this in two approaches. One, instituting healthy lifestyle habits including regular exercise and a healthy diet that can help improve seniors overall health. The second includes a cultural approach to risk management. While senior living centers may not be able to cure pain, they can help seniors manage it and live peacefully by creating an environment based on compassionate care.

The senior living industry consists of facilities, communities and caregivers whose mission is to provide many different types of services and care for those in need. The goal is to provide individuals with a quality, dignified life. With this come rewards, opportunities and challenges.

At DigniCARE, we understand this and have a shared passion and vision with those of you who have committed your lives to caring for seniors. Contact us today for more information about our senior living insurance programs for nursing homesassisted living, and independent living facilities(855) 883-6306.

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