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Retooling for an Aging America calls for bold initiatives starting immediately to train all health care providers in the basics of geriatric care and to prepare family members and other informal caregivers, who currently receive little or no training in how to tend to their aging loved ones. The book also recommends that Medicare, Medicaid, and other health plans pay higher rates to boost recruitment and retention of geriatric specialists and care aides.
Educators and health professional groups can use Retooling for an Aging America to institute or increase formal education and training in geriatrics. Consumer groups can use the book to advocate for improving the care for older adults. Health care professional and occupational groups can use it to improve the quality of health care jobs.
1 Introduction 15
2 Health Status and Health Care Service Utilization 39
3 New Models of Care 75
4 The Professional Health Care Workforce 123
5 The Direct-Care Workforce 199
6 Patients and Informal Caregivers 241
App. A Committee Biographies 271
App. B Commissioned Papers 279
App. C Workshop Presentations 281