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Bridging the Workforce Gap for Our Aging Society: How to Increase and Improve Knowledge and Training (Report of an Expert Panel)

Bridging the Workforce Gap for Our Aging Society: How to Increase and Improve Knowledge and... CHAPTER 7 Bridging the Workforce Gap for Our Aging Society How to Increase and Improve Knowledge and Training (Report of an Expert Panel) Alice Mankin LaMascus, Marie A. Bernard, Patricia Barry, Judith Salerno, and Joan Weiss Projections indicate that by 2030, 71 million of us will be aged 65 and over, representing one fifth of the U.S. population—the largest proportion of older persons in American history (Administration of Aging, 2003). This aged pop- ulation presents an array of challenges. Older persons utilize the health care system more often than do their younger counterparts. Their needs are more complex because of multiple chronic conditions coupled with acute illnesses, diverse living arrangements, and a variable range of economic, physical, and cognitive abilities. It is crucial to train researchers, educators, and the health care workforce in geriatric care; an interdisciplinary approach is essential (Leipzig, et al., 2002; Merck Research Laboratories, 2002). This article summarizes the April 2003 conference, Bridging the Work- force Gap for Our Aging Society. Geriatricians and other experts from gov- ernment and the private sector and from clinical and research backgrounds came together to offer their best advice and predictions for the future. They then formulated recommendations to meet http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Annual Review of Gerontology & Geriatrics Springer Publishing

Bridging the Workforce Gap for Our Aging Society: How to Increase and Improve Knowledge and Training (Report of an Expert Panel)

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Springer Publishing
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0198-8794
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1944-4036
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10.1891/0198-8794.25.1.121
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CHAPTER 7 Bridging the Workforce Gap for Our Aging Society How to Increase and Improve Knowledge and Training (Report of an Expert Panel) Alice Mankin LaMascus, Marie A. Bernard, Patricia Barry, Judith Salerno, and Joan Weiss Projections indicate that by 2030, 71 million of us will be aged 65 and over, representing one fifth of the U.S. population—the largest proportion of older persons in American history (Administration of Aging, 2003). This aged pop- ulation presents an array of challenges. Older persons utilize the health care system more often than do their younger counterparts. Their needs are more complex because of multiple chronic conditions coupled with acute illnesses, diverse living arrangements, and a variable range of economic, physical, and cognitive abilities. It is crucial to train researchers, educators, and the health care workforce in geriatric care; an interdisciplinary approach is essential (Leipzig, et al., 2002; Merck Research Laboratories, 2002). This article summarizes the April 2003 conference, Bridging the Work- force Gap for Our Aging Society. Geriatricians and other experts from gov- ernment and the private sector and from clinical and research backgrounds came together to offer their best advice and predictions for the future. They then formulated recommendations to meet

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Annual Review of Gerontology & GeriatricsSpringer Publishing

Published: Jan 1, 2005

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