first day slides intro to aging well

First day slides intro to aging well

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Unformatted text preview: WELLNESS AND AGING: A Chiropractic Perspective Chiropractic Lisa Zaynab Killinger, DC Palmer College of Chiropractic The Age Wave Is Here! The Why should we care about ger? Why 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 The 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) ( 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? ( Senescent Squirrel Senescent A Nation Of Retirees! Nation 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: Myth Most old people can’t do Most much. 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? aged 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? Who 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... Shortage...
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