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Working With The Aging

Ladies and gentlemen, I stand here before you at a time in which the health care of older Americans has become a critical issue. Or should I say issues' We have more people needing more and more specialized care – this is critical. We have fewer and fewer people being asked to do more and more – that is critical. Current healthcare policy, especially for the aging, seems inadequate to address the challenges of what lies ahead. The situation seems very bleak at times. All signs seem to show that it will get bleaker. Well, I am here to tell you that I am the weatherman. I have weathered this storm with you. And I can tell you that the forecast looks good, if we can just keep our eyes on what is important and understand what tools we have to get through this, and overcome the challenges that the next years hold for us. I like to think of myself, when I think of myself, as the captain of my own ship. And the ship that I am piloting through these new and changing times of healthcare is definitely weathering some storms. As we all know, the health status of our aging population is going to cause us to rethink many of our set beliefs about providing health care to older adults. I don't just mean in the ways of policy, but also regarding our cultural values. We know that simply caring for disease and disease states of our older patients are no longer enough. We are caring for the patient, we are caring for the caregivers, and we are caring for the families and the extended families. Hopefully we are also caring for ourselves. And we know that in this fight, we are still on the uphill slope. To paraphrase Paul Revere, "The elderly are coming! The elderly are coming!" By the year 2030, over seventy million United States citizens will be over age 65. By the same year, 8.5 million will be over 85. These are our patients, the ones who are the most likely to need poly pharmacy, to...

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