The Impact of a Literature Consult Service on Geriatric Clinical Care and Training in Falls Prevention (Report)
INTRODUCTION The importance of developing effective health care programs and services for elderly persons in the United States is increasing at warp speed due to significant projected growth in the size of this demographic in the near future. According to the US Census Bureau, the number of persons aged 65 years and older is expected to rise from an estimated 35 million people in 2000 to 55 million by the year 2020 . The rapid growth in this age group can be explained in part by a considerable rise in the number of older people projected for 2011, when the Baby Boom generation (persons born between 1946 and 1964) begins to turn 65 years old. The number of oldest old (persons aged 85 years and older) is projected to double from 4.7 million in 2003 to 9.6 million by 2030 . The growth is also partly explained by a steady increase in life expectancy from birth for both men and women, regardless of ethnicity, over the last century, currently at an all-time high of 77.9 years , compared to 49.2 years in 1900 .