5 Senior Health Care Realities
By Russ Kuhn, MAML University Development Counselor
Grand Canyon University, Medford
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Health care is a fast-evolving complex field faced with many challenges, including caring for the elderly. The retirement industry is very large in Medford. In fact, according to the City of Medford, 18% of its local population is 65-years-old and above.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine Institutes of Health’s “Meeting the Challenges of Health Care for the Elder” also states that persons over the age of 65 have become a priority population for health care providers. The number of older adults in the U.S. is projected to grow from an estimated 23 million today to approximately 55 million by 2030.
As our nation’s aging population increases, demands intensify for health care professionals to specialize in gerontology and adopt the skills and knowledge necessary to deliver improved medical care for older people. The following provides a snapshot of the health care system and realities for our aging populations. 1. The Financial Cost: “Net Medicare spending is expected to increase from $583 billion in 2018 to $1.3 trillion in 2028,” informs the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Over $18,000 of health care expenditures was spent on each person age 65 and older in 2010, and key findings found that medical expenses for elders between the ages of 70 and 90 more than doubles. 2. Industry Innovation: Disruptive innovation and advanced technologies affect the future of aging, chronic and end-of-life care. Amber Redmann, CEO of a technology solutions company serving the senior living industry, discusses the benefits of smart technology for assisting the baby boomer generation, as well as digital resources like electronic health records, medication reminders via a tablet, a smart spoon designed to detect food intake and body devices for tracking daily movement.