Our health care system clearly lacks sufficient geriatric doctors and nurses as our population ages. With the anticipated explosive growth in the numbers of high-risk elderly patients coming as the Baby Boomers age, and under pressure from Medicare, hospitals, doctors and nurses are struggling to prepare.
More than 40 percent of adult patients in acute care hospital beds are 65 or older. Seventy million Americans will have turned 65 by 2030. They include the 85-and-older cohort, the nation’s fastest-growing age group. Read more in this article from the New York Times….The New Landscape – Preparing to Care for an Aging Population – NYTimes.com.