Unformatted text preview: WELLNESS AND AGING:
A Chiropractic Perspective
Lisa Zaynab Killinger, DC
Palmer College of Chiropractic The Age Wave Is Here!
http://www.chumfm.com/Mornin Why should we care about ger?
q Now, 1/3 of chiro pts. Aged 50+ ** q 1/2 of those are 65+ q Soon… 1/2 of chiro practice will be
patients over 50*
(Christiansen; Job Analysis of Chiro. 2005) The Geriatric Population
q In last 100 years total population increased by 5X,
geriatric population increased by 15X. q Fastest growing populations subset = 85 years old
and older! q Now 35 million; by 2030=70 mil ! (20% of US pop) q First time in history; Aged are fastest growing
segment of population! (Amer Geriatric Society) (www.census.gov/prod/2006pubs/p23-209.pdf) Average lifespan in 1900 = 47
q Average lifespan in 2006: 77-80.5
q How many 100+ now? 80-100,000
q Centenarians in 2050 = ~1 million?
(80% of those 100+ are women)
q How will this impact you as health care providers?
(www.census.gov/prod/2006pubs/p23-209.pdf) Senescent Squirrel
Senescent A Nation Of Retirees!
q Now, 8,500 people/day turn 65 q In 2010, 10,000/day will turn 65*
(Alliance for Aging Research, 2002) How will this impact the nation?
Medicare, retirement, free time, etc. Promote Healthy Aging!
Promote Myth #1:
Most old people can’t do
much. q Less than 5% of people >65yrs
old live in nursing homes?** q Over 55% of those >85 yrs old can
do everything for themselves. q Most elders live with family,
spouses, or on their own. How “Able-Bodied” are the
aged in the US?
q 85% 65-69 years old have no problem
with self care. ** q 66% of people 80-84 years old no
problem with self care. q >50% of those over 85 have no
problem in self care.* Who will care for the elderly?
q The US has a huge shortage of
health professionals trained in
geriatric care.** q Currently there are 9,000
geriatricians in the US. (way too few) q But, we’ll need 36,000 by 2030!! Shortage...
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- Summer '09
- Gerontology, normal aging