Bariatric toilets, more male caregivers, turning the tide on diabetes, and better nurse to patient ratios: we covered all of this and more in our latest #ElderCareChat on the future of geriatric care. Inspired by a recent New York Times article on emergency rooms dedicated to seniors (read it here), co-moderator Denise Brown of Caregiving.com (@caregiving) encouraged thoughtful dialogue among and creative solutions from our 56 diverse participants.
The following questions and statistics guided the conversation:
Q1. By 2029, all of the baby boomers will be age 65 and older. How will baby boomers change hospital care?
Q2. By 2050, the 75 and older population is projected to be close to 49 million. How will this impact aging in place?
Q3. By 2050, individuals ages 65-74 are projected to make up 9% of the population. What will be the impact on Medicare and Social Security?
Q4. By 2050, someone in US will develop Alzheimer’s every 33 seconds. How will this change our communities?
Q5. By 2045, the number of centenarians in the United States is projected to reach 757,000. How will home care change?
Q6. CDC projected that as many as 1 in 3 U.S. adults could have diabetes by 2050. What will be the impact on our health care system?
Q7. By 2050, what will the life of a family caregiver be like?
Q8. Given these stats, what changes will you make to have a healthy future?
Review these highlights:
For more insights, check out the full transcript (special thanks to our friends at The Fox Group for providing this record); click here to review and share it. Get an attendance record and other stats via these #ElderCareChat analytics.
Don’t miss our next chat: Wednesday, May 2nd at 1pm ET. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. Anyone who is interested in/passionate about eldercare issues can join us anytime. Prior participation is not required, nor is there a need to stay for the full hour.
If the “real-time” frame doesn’t sync with your schedule, or if you feel that your question or idea requires well beyond 140 characters, start a discussion thread on our LinkedIn page or use the #eldercarechat hashtag. The LinkedIn group is also a great place to get to know other participants better, or to connect with professionals and family caregivers with similar interests.