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GIA seeks Board nominations

posted Tue, Sep 29, 2015

To Sell Med Students On Joy Of Geriatrics, Send 90 yr-olds

posted Thu, Sep 24, 2015   by NPR Shots blog

NPR's Shots blog reports that the American Geriatrics Society estimates that the nation will need about 30,000 geriatricians by 2030 to serve the 30 percent of older Americans with the most complicated medical problems. Yet there are only about 7,000 geriatricians currently practicing. Efforts to introduce relatively healthy older adults to medical students can "reduce the sense of futility and show [the students] that there are real people with real lives who can benefit from quality health care," said Chris Langston, program director at the John A. Hartford Foundation, which focuses on aging and health. Langston has been analyzing the trend for the past several years.

On sustainable age-friendly communities: Community AGEnda

posted Thu, Sep 24, 2015   by Aging Today

As the leadership team from GIA's Community AGEnda explores, in ASA's Aging Today, "Creating great places to grow up and grow old, however, requires a sustained investment in infrastructure, programs and services—well beyond traditional philanthropic support, one-off government funding and modest volunteer contributions. How then do we build on the movement’s successes to date and accelerate sustainable progress at local, state, national and international levels?"

NYTimes: Aging population without doctors to match

posted Wed, Sep 23, 2015

Most health care professionals have had little to no training in the care of older adults, this New York Times op-ed piece explains. Currently, 97 percent of all medical students in the United States do not take a single course in geriatrics.Recent studies show that good geriatric care can make an enormous difference. Older adults whose health is monitored by a geriatrician enjoy more years of independent living, greater social and physical functioning and lower presence of disease. In addition, these patients show increased satisfaction, spend less time in the hospital, exhibit markedly decreased rates of depression and spend less time in nursing homes.

Stunning and expanding life expectancy gap between rich, poor

posted Wed, Sep 23, 2015   by The Washington Post

Wealthy and middle-class baby boomers can expect to live substantially longer than their parents' generation, the Washington Post reports. Meanwhile, life expectancy for the poor hasn't increased and may even be declining, according to a report published Thursday by several leading economists. Call it a growing inequality of death — and it means that the poor ultimately may collect less in money from some of the government's safety net programs than the rich.

Cambia Health Foundation announces $1.8M for palliative care

posted Fri, Sep 4, 2015   by Cambia Health Foundation news release

Cambia Health Foundation has named the 10 recipients of a two-year, $180,000 grant through its annual, national Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program. The innovative program promotes palliative care workforce development by funding research, clinical, educational or policy projects. In addition, national leaders will mentor the Sojourns Scholars, further broadening their learning and leadership development opportunities. The 2015 class of Sojourns Scholars spans the nation, representing Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington and Washington, D.C.

Oral health included in OAA

posted Tue, Sep 1, 2015   by Center for Oral Health

The United States Senate unanimously approved reauthorization of the Older Americans Act (OAA), and with the insertion oral health. This amendment will open the door for state and area agencies on aging to use funds to improve the oral health of older adults throughout the United States. Under this bill, oral health screenings and related disease prevention and health promotion activities could be paid for with these funds. This is a victory for millions of older Americans, and for the numerous groups, including the Center for Oral Health and California's coalition, Oral Health Action California (OHAC), that have urged the Senate to include oral health in the Senate reauthorization bill. Seventy percent of older Americans lack dental benefits, which are not included in Medicare.


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