Why is geriatrics so important to the State of Ohio?
In Ohio, 13.7 percent of the population is 65 years of age or older, with the fastest growing segment of the population 85 years of age. Ohio ranks among the nine states with the largest number of older adults. By 2030, one in five Ohioans (20 percent) will be 65 years of age or older. Each medical student who is trained in geriatrics can potentially improves the quality of life for thousands of older citizens.
Why support from the State of Ohio is vital
Without support from the state of Ohio, geriatric medical education would be severely compromised in Ohio:
- Offices of Geriatric Medicine would be reduced or closed.
- Some schools would not be able to teach geriatrics and others would have to reduce the number of clinical rotations to medical students and residents.
- Support for geriatric research would be reduced or eliminated.
- Community partnerships that maximize resources and provide cost-effective services would lose key partners and weaken. These collaborations are the catalyst for generating grants.
A critical shortage of geriatricians in Ohio
Older adults have on average, three or more chronic medical conditions, take multiple medications, and respond to treatments and medication differently than younger persons. They are also the largest consumers of health care, yet in Ohio there are only 3.1 geriatricians for every 10,000 persons over the age of 75. Therefore, geriatric training is essential for all providers. The number of patient-care hours physicians spend providing services to the elderly will increase from 32 percent in 2000 to 39 percent in 2020.