Urgent Need For Geriatric Physicians Remains

As more members of the Baby Boomer generation start to age and will number 70 million nationally in the year 2030 when the last of them reach 65, a decades-old shortage of geriatric physicians still looms large, threatening their prospects for senior long-term and short-term care, university researchers and professional trade association leaders in the field say.

The American Geriatrics Society (AGS), a New York-based nonprofit focusing on the quality of life of seniors, reports that, with this evolving medical and sociological phenomenon, aging Boomers most in need of medical assistance and service are projected to have less access to the expertise of geriatricians than previous generations.

In fact, AGS’ leaders and other institutions such as the University of Maryland School of Nursing add that this trend may be taking place in the present as fewer medical school students have elected to enter this field over the years.

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Vladimire Herard, M.S.

A print journalist for 23 years, Vladimire Herard wrote for the National Senior Living Providers Network, (nslpn.com), the Guidance Channel and Longtermcare.com. Under CD Publications, Ms. Herard wrote about senior health, substance abuse prevention, and elderly housing. Under Inside Washington Publishers, she covered health care financing for Inside HCFA and food and product safety issues for FDAWeek. Ms. Herard also covered education, crime, and county affairs for daily newspapers such as the Chicago Defender. She currently serves as Chief Communications Officer for several companies, covering senior long-term care, the pharmaceutical industry, regulatory issues and education. Ms. Herard resides in Chicago.

Vladimire Herard, M.S.

Author: Vladimire Herard, M.S.

A print journalist for 23 years, Vladimire Herard wrote for the National Senior Living Providers Network, (nslpn.com), the Guidance Channel and Longtermcare.com. Under CD Publications, Ms. Herard wrote about senior health, substance abuse prevention, and elderly housing. Under Inside Washington Publishers, she covered health care financing for Inside HCFA and food and product safety issues for FDAWeek. Ms. Herard also covered education, crime, and county affairs for daily newspapers such as the Chicago Defender. She currently serves as Chief Communications Officer for several companies, covering senior long-term care, the pharmaceutical industry, regulatory issues and education. Ms. Herard resides in Chicago.

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