By the end of this year, more than a quarter of the U.S. population will be older and sicker than they were a generation ago, according to a report released on Wednesday by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
While that’s a good thing, the rise in mortality will leave many Americans struggling to put food on the table, or shelter their families.
The report by the CDC and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that deaths in the U, a country of about 12.2 million people, will increase about 2.5 percent by 2060, with the greatest increases in those under 65 and the very old.
A quarter of Americans 65 and older will live in poverty by 2066, up from about a quarter in 2016, the report found.
For the elderly, the economic crisis will likely leave them struggling to find adequate food, shelter and medical care, the CDC report said.
More than a third of seniors and adults 65 and over will have a chronic illness, the study found, with diabetes and cardiovascular disease being the most common chronic conditions among those aged 65 and and over.
The CDC also said the nation’s elderly will be at greatest risk of becoming overweight or obese, with about 16 percent of seniors in that age group living in poverty.
The report comes as the U.”s health care system is under fire for underfunding and understaffing.
The nation’s largest employer, the pharmaceutical industry, has been under fire from Democrats for the past few years over its pay and benefits, as well as its work-from-home practices.
The Obama administration has blamed many of these problems on a lack of oversight and management by the Department of Health and Human Services.
Since taking office in 2009, the Trump administration has tried to overhaul the way health care is delivered, cutting back on the number of people receiving health care and reducing the number and scope of Medicaid and Medicare programs.