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New York Times Article About the Need for More Senior Medical Services

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

An article in the New York Times indicated that the population of U.S. seniors is expanding at such a rate that, “Before long, 90 percent of American nurses will have to provide care for older adults” — in part, because the country’s number of medical personnel trained to work with seniors is not keeping up with this growing need (In 2009, only 11 percent of research funding at the NIH went to support aging-related studies.)  This story is worth reading because it provides an interesting overview of important aging-related trends within the U.S. medical community, to include addressing preventable hospital readmissions of Medicare enrollees; the potential viability of the new “medical home” care-coordination concept; and the doubling by the National Health Service Corps of funding to repay student loans for “caregivers who work [with seniors] in rural and underserved urban neighborhoods.” 

See full article here.

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