As the population ages, one of our greatest challenges will be how to manage living with multiple chronic diseases (e.g osteoporosis, diabetes, hypertension etc).
Due to an ageing population, the number of chronic conditions will increase despite more screening and preventive measures helping to decrease the prevalence of some chronic diseases.
Understanding the process of ageing is key to preventing people living with multiple chronic conditions.
Innovation and technology will be fully integrated into daily life and will revolutionise personal management of chronic disease.
Health delivery will be transformed by changing health needs.
What it means for HIV
In the next 20 years, the HIV: The Long View Coalition envisions…
The ageing population of people with HIV will need more care for non-HIV-related chronic conditions.
As people live longer, quality of life will be a much more important measure of health.
The role of HIV specialists will evolve with care delivered by multidisciplinary teams and self-care technologies enabling non-HIV-related chronic conditions to be managed more effectively.
The future burden of chronic conditions caused by inflammation and ageing in people living with HIV is very real. We need a multidisciplinary approach designed for the future.
– Dr José Ignacio Bernardino, La Paz University Hospital, Spain
Chronicity is our biggest challenge, [far more important than ageing] and how to manage chronic conditions will probably be the main source of concern in the years to come.
– Joan Costa-i-Font, London School of Economics and Political Science
Old age never arrives alone – it comes with chronic health conditions and comorbidities (medical conditions that occurs alongside others). We expect this will cause the annual costs of health and social care to rise but the impact on services is harder to predict. Will this ageing population experience a longer period of good health and a sustained sense of wellbeing? What can be done today to prepare for a healthier future?
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