-Dr.Kathy Johnson, PhD, CMC
In January of 2011 the “Baby Boomer” generation will be celebrating their first year of 65th birthdays. This aging segment of the population called “Geri-Boomers” will have a large impact on the healthcare system for a number of reasons.
Doctor Stephen G. Jones discusses in this article how the “face of medicine is going to start to change rapidly because of this transition.” The most common reason for death used to be infection, but now it is diseases of aging such as cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s. Another major issue will be the need for more doctors who specialize in Geriatrics, which is currently low. Many primary care doctors are taking on the burden of learning more about Geriatrics so that they can keep their skill set and practices current and applicable to this field.