Statistics show the nation’s 65 and older population is projected to reach 83.7 million in the year 2050, almost double in size from the 2012 level of 43.1 million, according to two reports from the U.S. Census Bureau.
This data translates into more residents needing healthcare at all levels and in particular, long term care. The wise baby boomer population can better prepare for the future TODAY by simply taking some preventive measures. Don’t wait to visit your primary care physician until you are sick, be wise; visit them when you are healthy, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” The preventive measures exercise today will transform any sub acute rehabilitation stays into shorter inpatient stays.
Things we can do today in order to be healthy tomorrow include your routine check with your family doctor. Make sure you always have your blood pressure checked, colonoscopy, blood sugar levels checked, ladies and their annual breast cancer evaluation, cholesterol level checked, cat scans of your lung screening for lung cancer.
LTCF are prepared to meet the future needs of the baby boomer population. Our initiatives at Alameda include the use of Nurse Practitioner as part of the health care delivery team, fall prevention programs, Medicare newly launched Quality Assurance initiatives, Heart Failure and Joint Replacement programs in partnership with leading hospital systems.
In conclusion, be a smart and healthy baby boomer by reading, preventing and knowing who your health care partners are.
Dr. Jorge Gonzalez Gomez, Dir. Hispanic Program & Community Liaison