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Many Young Adults Struggle to Manage Multiple Chronic Conditions
Date:3/18/2009

Latinos, lower income Californians with chronic conditions most in need of help with care

OAKLAND, Calif., March 18 /PRNewswire/ -- A recent state-wide survey of Californians with chronic conditions, commissioned by the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF), uncovered surprising statistics regarding the prevalence of and lack of resources for caring for chronic diseases. In addition, due to the economic downturn, many of these Californians, most notably Latinos, are delaying proper health care and not getting the support they need to properly manage their conditions, especially those with lower incomes.

The California survey of adults ages 18 and older, conducted in partnership with the non-profit National Council on Aging (NCOA), explored specifics on quality of life, health needs, and experiences of people with chronic diseases within the health care system. The survey paid particular attention to identifying barriers to self-care and what tools California residents need to better manage their overall health and wellness.

Younger Adults Find Caring for Their Conditions a Challenge

Chronic conditions pose challenges for not just older Californians, but younger adults as well. A full 40% of those surveyed between the ages of 18 and 34 reported having two or more chronic conditions. In addition, those under age 50 were among the most likely (43%) to postpone proper care for their conditions due to cost.

"Our survey uncovered a strikingly high number with chronic disease for such a young age group. It also shows that they are not getting the care they need," said Veenu Aulakh, M.P.H., senior program officer for CHCF's Better Chronic Disease Care program. "These findings bring to light the growing burden on California's health care system and also highlight the potential opportunities to use online and community resources for self-care."

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