Anna H. Chodos – Healthcare Tips for Older Adults

As our population ages, the demand for health care services and products for older adults is increasing. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that by 2050 there will be more people over age 65 than under 18 years old in America which means that the senior population is growing faster than any other segment of society. As we age, our bodies change. Some of these changes are due to the natural aging process, while others are caused by external factors. These external factors in older adults can result in unmet needs. These needs can be physical, psychosocial, or spiritual. We all know that when you don’t get your basic physical needs met, it can have devastating effects on your emotional well-being as well as your overall health. Whether those needs are related to eating or bathing, if they aren’t addressed correctly, the consequences of these challenges are a decline in quality of life, and an increased risk for poor health outcomes including hospitalization and even death.——————– Timestamps: [00:00] Introduction to the channel[01:20] Introduction to Dr. Anna H. Chodos[01:56] Share with us a little bit about yourself on a personal level?[03:36] What is your take about the current health care coverage?[06:33] What do you think are the top three healthcare mistakes one should look out for?[13:10] Do you know what type of coverage to look for if you want to avoid any of these mistakes?[14:27] Advice for people who find themselves feeling overwhelmed, with the prospect of taking care of their aging parent?[18:58] What are the most common mistakes that you see people make when they are trying to take care of their own health?[22:10] What do you think the aging population in America will look like in 2050?[26:36] How does aging in America affect politics and social norms?[29:06] With regard to Alzheimer’s, will we have a cure for Alzheimer’s by 2050?[32:37] Falls are a big issue for seniors. Is this becoming more than just another inevitable side effect of growing old?[38:06] What initiatives are professionals taking for seniors and those with disabilities to ensure they don’t succumb to injuries caused by falls?[40:43] Closing remarks——————– Bio: Dr. Anna H. Chodos is a brilliant and compassionate physician with wide-ranging interests in the care of older adults, both as a clinician and an academic. She has served as Chair of the Department of Medicine at UCSF, Director of the Geriatrics Division within UCSF General Internal Medicine, Chief Medical Officer for San Francisco General Hospital where she led the development of its new patient safety program, Associate Professor in the Division of Geriatrics at UCSF School of Medicine, Co-Principal Investigator for the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program based at San Francisco Health Clinic Network (SFHCN), and Principal Investigator on research studies investigating access to timely primary care for frail elders with complex needs living in poverty or without insurance. Learn more about Dr. Anna H. Chodos:LinkedIn:——————–

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