The number of older adults diagnosed with four or more medical conditions is expected to double by 2035, according to researchers at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom.
Findings of this study, which were published in Age and Ageing, the journal of the British Geriatrics Society, suggest about one-third of these people will be diagnosed with depression, dementia, or cognitive impairment. This study also suggests that in about 20 years, people will spend approximately two-thirds of their projected life expectancy gains – 3.6 years for men, 2.9 years for women – with four or more diseases.
According to the researchers, the largest increase in diagnoses will be cancer (about a 179 percent increase) and diabetes (a 118 percent increase). The largest increase in prevalence is expected in arthritis and cancer.