Graying of America: How the Elder Boom Could Impact Health Care

Would you want to live to be 100? Whenever Thomas A. Cavalieri, DO, poses this question to senior citizen groups, usually only a few people raise their hands, but nearly every hand goes up when he changes the question to living to be 100 while maintaining a good quality of life.

“Advances in medicine mean this goal is becoming increasingly achievable for many Americans,” says Dr. Cavalieri, a geriatrician and dean of the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM) in Stratford, New Jersey. “At the same time, with the projected growth of the elderly population, we’re going to need more physicians with specialized training to care for seniors.”

You can read the entire article from the February 16 issue of “The DO” here.