Israel to have 84% more elderly in 20 years

10.10.2011                      13.Cheschwan. 5772

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Israel to have 84% more elderly in 20 years

Report calls for drastic increase in geriatric inpatient places for the elderly in hospitals to prevent general hospitals turning into geriatric wards.

Israel must invest significantly to take care of its growing aging population, states a report presented recently to Health Ministry director general Dr. Ronni Gamzu.
The report, presented at a conference this week, calls for a drastic increase in geriatric inpatient places for the elderly in hospitals to prevent the general hospitals from turning into geriatric wards, and warns of a shortage of experts in geriatric medicine: "Patients who could be treated and rehabilitated today, so as to prevent their requiring nursing care, are sent home or to nursing homes without adequate professional considerations."…