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
             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, t...

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