Unformatted text preview: Karissa Ramos
4 August 2017
Gerontology in Our World and Your Career
The pressing issues related to the aging of the Baby Boom generation, those born
between 1946 to 1964, are approaching rapidly and will affect the U.S. healthcare system over
the next 20 years. As members of the Baby Boom generation get older and finally reach
retirement, their risk for illness and disease susceptibility will increase; therefore, members will
need to seek medical care in the near future. From a medical standpoint, this can be beneficial for
those who work in the field because if there is a larger elderly population, that means there will
be more business for those of us who are currently in school and will work in the field within 20
years. However, for those who presently work in the medical field, an aging workforce will
dramatically change the way healthcare is delivered and will create voids in the clinical setting.
Due to the excess amount of retirees, this will create many job openings in the medical field.
Baby boomers will likely suffer from common medical problems that correlate with
increased age, but in the near future, there will be millions of geriatric patients who will need to
be treated at once. As an aspiring physician assistant, I believe those who specialize in long-term
health care such as geriatrics or internal medicine will be impacted the most. As the elderly
population continues to rise over the years, this will cause a shift to an emphasis on geriatric
care. Geriatric patients typically require more time when being cared for; therefore, the demand
for physician assistants will be greater than it already is. ...
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