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An Aging Population Calls for a New Approach to Elder Care. This Health Center is Meeting the Challenge.

Urban Health's Plan's Center for Healthy Aging is taking a comprehensive approach to geriatric care.

Center for Heathy Aging Patient Maria, and Clinical Pharmacist Michael V. Baxter meet for a consultation at Urban Health Plan, Inc. in the Bronx, New York. (Photo by Donnie Hedden for Direct Relief)
Center for Heathy Aging Patient Maria, and Clinical Pharmacist Michael V. Baxter meet for a consultation at Urban Health Plan, Inc. in the Bronx, New York. (Photo by Donnie Hedden for Direct Relief)

The United States population is aging, quickly. Within the next decade, the number of older adults is expected to increase from 50 million to 75 million as the final cohort of baby boomers turns 65. By 2034, older adults are projected to outnumber children for the first time in the nation’s history.

This demographic transformation is changing the United States’ health care landscape. As Americans grow older, the demand for geriatric care has grown in tandem. In response, health care providers are developing innovative ways to meet the evolving needs of their patients.

On this episode of the podcast, we take a look at how one health center is revamping elder care through a comprehensive program of specialized services. We speak with Dr. Manuel Vazquez of Urban Health Plan’s Center for Healthy Aging and patient, Doreen Percival, who gives a frank account of her experience as an aging adult.

Because of the center’s groundbreaking work, Urban Health Plan and the Center for Healthy Aging were recognized as one of six BD “Innovations in Care” 2019 award winners for their approach to caring for older patients.

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