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Fri, Apr 24
A shortage of health care providers who specialize in geriatrics at a time when the number of people ages 65 and older is rapidly growing threatens to jeopardize the health of older Americans, according to experts in the field.
“We are not prepared as a nation. We are facing a crisis,” says Dr. Heather Whitson, associate professor of medicine at the Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, North Carolina. “Our current health care system is ill equipped to provide the optimal care experience for patients with multiple chronic conditions or with functional limitations and disabilities.”