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October 25, 2010

Improving Primary Care for Older Patients: Challenge for the Aging Century: Comment on “Practice Redesign to Improve Care for Falls and Urinary Incontinence”

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Author Affiliation: Division of Geriatrics, University of California, San Francisco.

Arch Intern Med. 2010;170(19):1772-1773. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2010.389

We have entered the aging century. The global population older than 65 years will double by 2040, with the most rapid increase among people older than 80 years.1 The aging of populations will challenge health care systems around the world: not only will greater numbers of people have chronic diseases, such as heart failure or cancer, but also many will develop disabling geriatric conditions, such as dementia, difficulty walking, falling, or incontinence. Geriatric conditions are underdiagnosed, and their treatment requires expertise beyond a prescription or surgery. These complex conditions diminish the length and quality of life and the ability of individuals to engage in society.2

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