Who Cares for Older Adults? Workforce Implications of an Aging Population

Thursday, May 31, 2012 -
2:00pm to 3:00pm EDT
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Recent debates in the media and policy circles about the future of health care have centered on  the rising costs of care for an older patient population.  Missing from the discussion is the capacity of our nation’s doctors, nurses, social workers, pharmacists, and other health care professionals.  With a lack of geriatric specialists available and precious little “gero” content in traditional curricula, this workforce is ill-prepared for the skyrocketing number of older patients with high rates of chronic conditions, multiple medications, and complex bio-psycho-social issues.
Dr. Richard Besdine will document the workforce crisis and describe hopeful public-private-academic approaches that are helping health care providers get ready to care for an increasingly older and increasingly challenging group of patients.


  • How prepared our health care system is to provide care for the aging population.
  • The challenges associated with caring for people with certain physical and psycho-social issues. 
A Philanthropy New York Collaborative Webinar hosted by Grantmakers in Aging, and co-sponsored by the The John A. Hartford Foundation and the American Federation for Aging Research.


  • Richard Besdine, M.D. Greer Professor of Geriatric Medicine, Director of the Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research, and Director of the Division of Geriatrics in the Department of Medicine at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University

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