Massive Caregiver Shortage Expected in Coming Decades

While many seniors today rely on assistance from their adult children and other relatives, the number of potential caregivers in the US is expected to plummet in the next 20 years, just when the oldest Baby Boomers begin to reach their 80s.

The report, released Monday by the AARP Public Policy Institute, examined the ratio of potential caregivers to seniors aged 80 and older in order to calculate the availability of family caregivers during the upcoming decades. The authors defined “caregiver support ratio” as the number of potential caregivers aged 45–64 for each person aged 80 and older. According to the authors, about 14 percent of these potential caregivers currently provide care for someone 80 or older, 9 percent care for someone 60 to 79, and 7 percent care for someone 18 to 59.

via Massive Caregiver Shortage Expected in Coming Decades.

Affordability of cancer treatment for aging cancer patients in Singapore: an analysis of health, lifestyle, and financial burden – Online First – Springer

Although aging cancer patients feel that the financial schemes in Singapore have helped them tremendously, the general perception is that they require further help to offset their out-of-pocket expenses. This is especially true for users of targeted therapies and those who have a poorer health status.

via Affordability of cancer treatment for aging cancer patients in Singapore: an analysis of health, lifestyle, and financial burden – Online First – Springer.

How and Why Did a Regional Palliative Care Program Lead to Changes in a Region? A Qualitative Analysis of the Japan OPTIM Study

This study advances understanding of how the regional palliative care program created a change in the region. The findings are useful for developing a conceptual framework and identifying key interventions to improve regional palliative care for clinicians, researchers, and policy makers.

via How and Why Did a Regional Palliative Care Program Lead to Changes in a Region? A Qualitative Analysis of the Japan OPTIM Study.

In Coming Decades, Fewer Caregivers – NYTimes.com

If you’re a healthy baby boomer looking after your own elderly parents, that question may not have crossed your mind just yet. But it’s going to be a big issue going forward.

via In Coming Decades, Fewer Caregivers – NYTimes.com.

Promoting public discussion of death through social media

Cultural acceptance of death remains perhaps the most significant challenge faced by palliative care practitioners today. How can we advance the science and optimise the use of palliative care services in a death-denying culture?

via Promoting public discussion of death through social media.

Opening it Up For More Questions: Racial Disparities in Hospice Use

Opening it Up For More Questions: Racial Disparities in Hospice Use

via Opening it Up For More Questions: Racial Disparities in Hospice Use.

Pharma Marketing Blog: Physicians are Powerless Pawns of Pharma Psychology

According to Harvard and Georgetown University ethicists and academics, “pharmaceutical and medical device companies apply social psychology to influence physicians’ prescribing behavior and decision-making.” This is according to Sunita Sah and Adriane Fugh-Berman, authors of “Physicians Under the Influence: Social Psychology and Industry Marketing Strategies”, part of a symposium on institutional corruption and pharmaceutical policy in the forthcoming issue of the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, 2013: Vol. 14 (3).

via Pharma Marketing Blog: Physicians are Powerless Pawns of Pharma Psychology.

How much for a month? – Sunrise Rounds | Sunrise Rounds

Recently I met the husband of a patient with a diagnosis of advanced lung cancer. Even though she was young and had been healthy, the disease spread to her bones.  I outlined treatment for this incurable illness; choices, goals and side effects. This was a very tough meeting, because by the end we had to discuss time as measured by dollars.

via How much for a month? – Sunrise Rounds | Sunrise Rounds.

JAMA Network | JAMA | The Critical Role of Caregivers in Achieving Patient-Centered Care

Achieving high-quality, cost-effective medical care remains an elusive goal of the US health care system, but there is widespread agreement that patient-centered care will be a key ingredient.1 Yet for frail elders and patients with advanced illness, many of whom have multiple chronic diseases, patient-centered care is impossible without caregiver involvement.

via JAMA Network | JAMA | The Critical Role of Caregivers in Achieving Patient-Centered Care.

Social care should be free for everyone in last weeks of life | BMJ

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Care of the dying in the community

Social care should be free for everyone in last weeks of life

via Social care should be free for everyone in last weeks of life | BMJ.