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Are American Life Spans Rising or Falling?

By Erik Gans, 9:00 am on

A number of news organizations, including the Washington State Journal, NPR, and Forbes have recently stated that the average life expectancy in the United States is falling. While these claims might seem quite alarming, they should not be taken at face value. There was a subtle drop in the average life expectancy during the last few years, but the long-term trends tell a different story. Here is what Westport home care experts have observed.

How Is Life Expectancy Determined?

The life expectancy of a country is determined by the anticipated life span of all babies born today. For this purpose, researchers take many variables into consideration, such as the most common causes of death, current wars, disease outbreaks and cultural trends. Studies revealed there was a small drop in life expectancy between 2014 and 2015. However, the overwhelming amount of evidence shows the average human life span has been growing for at least 250 years. 

Common Risk Factors for Seniors

According to the CDC, the most common causes of death within the United States are heart disease, cancer, respiratory diseases, strokes, and dementia. Accidental deaths, such as vehicle collision fatalities, are prevalent among the younger generations. For most seniors, it is their daily lifestyle habits that may determine how long they live as well as their quality of life.

Promoting a Long and Healthy Life

Regular exercise and a healthy diet can drastically reduce the risk of serious health conditions, ranging from diabetes to heart disease. Seniors must also have constant social and mental stimulation to help reduce the risk of conditions such as Alzheimer’s. To detect genetic disorders and diseases, seniors should get multiple checkups every year from their dentists, optometrists, and general doctors.

Respite and live-in care in Westport can help enhance quality of life among aging adults. Caregivers offer assistance and companionship and play an important role in senior care. To learn more about how tailored senior support plans may prove useful for your loved one, contact Home Care Assistance today at 203-955-1915.