In 2017, more than 15% of practicing physicians were older than 65 years.1,2 Without a national mandatory retirement age, many physicians plan to practice until they are in their 70s or 80s. Cognitive decline often accompanies aging, and the prevalence of dementia increases rapidly after age 70 years.3 Thus, it is not surprising that the issue of screening aging physicians for cognitive deficits has gained attention over the last decade.2
Armstrong KA, Reynolds EE. Opportunities and Challenges in Valuing and Evaluating Aging Physicians. JAMA. 2020;323(2):125–126. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.19706
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