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.
Victor Basiuk, Ph.D.
Victor Basiuk, Ph.D., is a well-published expert on the impact of science and technology on international relations and national security policy. He recently co-published an article with Huber Warner, Ph.D., in the journal Economic Annals-XXI titled “Will a Breakthrough in Science Modify World History?” This article delves into the challenges faced by countries as their populations age and the vast potential benefits of the extension of healthspan. We had the privilege of doing a two-part Q & A with Dr. Basiuk in which we talked about some of the topics brought forth in the article. In Part 1, we discuss the article and the effects of an aging population on the United States. Please note Dr. Basiuk’s opinions are purely his own.