Denise Valerio Interview: The Changing Landscape of Health Care

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In this NEXT CLIP, Denise talks about the shifting landscape of health care, the oncoming “silver tsunami” or a dramatic increase in the number of people who will be faced with diagnoses such as Alzheimer’s or dementia, and what that means for families who need guidance on the best resources to meet these critical issues for an aging population:

 

Question: How have you seen the landscape change after 40 years in the business?

DV: The first thing that comes to my mind is people are living longer, and I don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing. That’s a personal decision. But because they’re living longer, people are experiencing more illnesses. Dementia’s on the rise…the Baby Boomer’s are going to be …the silver tsunami’s going to be just swamped with the diagnoses of dementia or Alzheimer’s as people age.So, as people are living longer, resources need to be increased. Quality resources–whether that’s a caregiver in your home, or someone who can help you plan for the end of life issues that need to be there. People are getting sicker. If you’re living longer you’re bound to get something. And so, how best to keep people as healthy as possible; keeping them out of the hospital as much as possible; and really being a facilitator in helping them to begin those end of life discussions as they go through their continuum.

 

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