The Value of Geriatricians and Why We Need More of Them

Geriatricians also know when and how to partner with experts in other disciplines, community resources, and the multitude of various settings and levels of care to devise and implement creative solutions to the particular care needs of older adults.

Geriatricians know when and how to partner with experts in other disciplines, community resources, and the multitude of various settings and levels of care to devise and implement creative solutions to the particular care needs of older adults.

The New York Times recently asked, “Where are all the geriatricians?”

While there are 7,000 geriatricians practicing in the U.S. right now, there’s a larger issue. We will need many more in the coming years. According to the American Geriatrics Society, we’ll need approximately 30,000 by 2030.

Why? Older Americans over 65 will comprise 20 percent of the population by 2030, jumping from 35 million in 2000 to an estimated 70 million. This jump will be due in part to increased life expectancy.

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