Every day millions of people with chronic diseases struggle to manage their symptoms about 80 of older adults have at least one chronic disease and 68 have at least two chronic diseases place a significant burden on individuals as well as health care systems. Older adults with multiple chronic illnesses report having poorer heath and more difficulty functioning than older people with just one chronic disease they also need more healthcare services and are likely to die earlier than older people with just one chronic disease. Older adults often live with more than one chronic illness a significant portion of us health care dollars go toward the treatment of chronic illnesses 1 the management of a chronic illness can profoundly affect the lives and identities of the patient family and caregiver table 5 2 presents the impact of some chronic illnesses. Healthy aging data portal provides easy access to cdc data on key indicators of health and well being screenings and vaccinations and mental health among older adults includes data from the newly released the state of aging and health in america 2013 pdf 47m report as well as other hard copy reports from the healthy aging program
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