U.S. Deaths Declining
According to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, age-adjusted mortality rates in the American population went down in 2014, and infant mortality rates are at their lowest in history. The total death rate dropped a full percentage point, and infant mortality rates dropped more than 2 percent. In fact, since 2000, the U.S, death rate has dropped 16.6 percent. (This is all calculated as age-adjusted data, taking into account the age of the individuals to better compare apples to apples over time. As our population gets older, is may be possible that we see total deaths rise, but the age-adjusted rates continue to decrease.) The drop in deaths from flu and pneumonia was considerable, at 5 percent, as were the lower number of deaths from lower respiratory diseases, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. One condition that swap upstream of the other good news, however, was an increase in deaths from Alzheimer's at a very large 8.1 percent. All of this data, especially if it represents future trends, is very valuable to those of you designing our future healthcare environments and spaces for the elderly.
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