Providing health care to aging North Carolinians: Educational initiatives in geriatrics

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Beth E. Barba, Professor (Creator)
Laurie M. Kennedy-Malone (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Between the years 2000 and 2030 the number of baby boomers over 65 in the United States will almost double, and their percentage of the population will increase from 12% to 20%.1 The older population in North Carolina will more than double, with the number of North Carolinians over 65 increasing by 121%, and the population over age 85 increasing by 144%.2 Concurrently, the total population of North Carolina will increase by about 50%.3 This older population will live longer and have less disability than those in previous generations but will suffer with more chronic diseases, particularly Alzheimer’s and diseases associated with obesity, such as diabetes, arthritis, and cancer. Currently, more than three-quarters of adults over age 65 suffer from at least one chronic medical condition that requires management, and 20% have 5 or more chronic conditions. This article will address the problems we will be facing, examine current educational initiatives in geriatric medicine and gerontological nursing, and discuss a rationale for gerontologizing health care education in the future.

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North Carolina Medical Journal, 69(5), 384-389
Language: English
Date: 2008
Baby boomers, North Carolina, Older population, Chronic diseases, Gerontology, health care education, Nursing

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