|Facts About Older Adults and Senior Care|
Approximately 10,000 baby boomers celebrate their 65th birthday each day.
Seniors represent 15.6% of the US population, about 1 in 6 Americans.
93% of older adults live within 5 miles of a pharmacy.
Nearly 70% of Americans are on at least one prescription drug, and more than 50% take two.
The “baby boomer” population began in 1946, which means the “tip of the spear” just began turning 70 years old in 2016. As these baby boomers age, they will develop more comorbidities and health issues, and their impact on the system and their consumption of medications and health care services will skyrocket, so, this is probably just the tip of the iceberg. Consider this:
Senior Care Pharmacists
These statistics point to a critical fact: For millions of older adults and individuals with chronic illnesses, consultant and senior care pharmacists play a vital role in ensuring optimal drug therapy. In their role as medication therapy experts, consultant and senior care pharmacists take responsibility for their patients’ medication-related needs; ensure that their patients’ medications are the most appropriate, the most effective, the safest possible, and are used correctly; and identify, resolve, and prevent medication-related problems that may interfere with the goals of therapy and progress toward a more independent life.
Consultant and senior care pharmacists manage and improve drug therapy and improve the quality of life of older adults and other individuals residing in a variety of environments, including hospitals, sub-acute care, nursing facilities, and assisted living facilities, psychiatric hospitals, hospice, or at home.
ASCP supports consultant and senior care pharmacy practice and practitioners through the development of standards, guidelines, and policies relevant to geriatric pharmacotherapy and senior care pharmacy. Your membership in ASCP supports a strong, unified voice in shaping legislation, regulation, and health care policy. It works to foster and create a favorable professional and business environment for consultant and senior care pharmacists. And by encouraging productive and collaborative relationships with other professional organizations, provider groups, and political and lay organizations concerned with the health care of older persons, ASCP maintains a potent national voice for our members and the patients they serve.
Senior Care Pharmacy
When appropriately prescribed and dosed, medications are arguably the single most important factor in improving the quality of life for older Americans. Our older adults are especially at risk for medication-related problems due to physiological changes of aging, higher incidence of multiple chronic diseases and conditions, and greater consumption of prescription and over-the-counter medications.
The economic impact of medication-related problems in persons over the age of 65 now rivals that of Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Medication-related problems are estimated to be one of the top five causes of death in that age group, and a major cause of confusion, depression, falls, disability, and loss of independence.