Working Toward Strategies to Include Geriatric Professionals in the Health Care of Older Adults Living in Utah: The Need to Serve a Growing Aging Population

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Title Working Toward Strategies to Include Geriatric Professionals in the Health Care of Older Adults Living in Utah: The Need to Serve a Growing Aging Population
Creator Williams, Michelle Ferry
Subject Health Services Needs and Demand; Health Services for the Aged; Demography; Population Characteristics; Rural Population; Caregivers; Patient Care Team; Health Manpower; Geriatrics; Physicians, Primary Care; Rural Health Services; Medically Underserved Area; Physician Incentive Plans; Mentors; Interdisciplinary Studies; Aging Populations; Optimal Aging; Geriatric Healthcare
Description The population of America is aging. 72 million baby boomers will be 65 years and older by the year 2030. The population of Utah is also aging. In the next quarter century, Utah's aging community will increase 165%, resulting in 480,000 older adults by 2030 (Collins & Cox, 2010). Both the United States and the state of Utah are facing the question, "Are we prepared for the demands of a never-before-seen number of older adults in our communities?" In the opinion of the online magazine, Leaders, "America is not prepared for the impending crisis in aging" (Brown, 2010). While Utah is the ninth-fastest aging state in the United States (United States Census Bureau, 2010), it ranks 45th in the nation for having adequate physicians to provide medical services for its population (United Health Foundation, 2012). Rapid aging and inadequate numbers of health care professionals is a grave concern, which deserves attention. Of the rapidly growing elderly population, approximately 15% live in rural areas of Utah where there are limited healthcare resources (Utah Department of Human Services, 2004). In 1990, the Utah Department of Health established the Utah Health Care Workforce Financial Assistance Program to attract healthcare professionals to rural areas of Utah. This program saw many years of success until 2009, when the Utah Legislature cut its funding. Since then recruiting healthcare professionals to rural areas of Utah, especially ones with geriatric training has been very difficult. This paper addresses the health care needs of older adults, the need for geriatric healthcare professionals, why the Utah Health Care Workforce Financial Assistance Program should be refunded, and what other programs and strategies are being implemented throughout the state of Utah to ensure health amongst the elderly population.
Publisher Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, University of Utah
Date 2013
Language eng
Rights Management Copyright © Michelle Ferry Williams 2013
Holding Institution Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, University of Utah
Scanning Technician sg
Metadata Cataloger AMT
Name Michelle Ferry Williams
ARK ark:/87278/s6zk8f0g
Setname ehsl_gerint
Date Created 2013-05-02
Date Modified 2016-06-15
ID 179524
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6zk8f0g
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