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Healthcare Gathering Addresses Increasing Need of Caring for the Nation's Elderly Population
Date:4/20/2009

LOS ANGELES, April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- In direct response to America's aging population and the acknowledged gaps in geriatric care, healthcare professionals recently gathered in Los Angeles to find creative approaches to address one of the nation's most pressing healthcare needs - caring for a society where in two decades one of every five American's will be 65 or older.

"Our goal is to make quality care for the elderly more efficient and less costly," said Dan Osterweil, M.D., convener of the Leadership and Management in Geriatrics (LMG) Conference. "To do that, healthcare professionals need to hone their leadership and management skills."

According to Dr. Osterweil, there currently exists "a serious gap" in the professional development of physicians, nurses and allied health professionals who work in clinical and academic settings related to geriatric care. "This conference helps bridge that gap by encouraging intense interaction between clinicians and leaders in the field of geriatric medical management," he says. "Together we embrace novel approaches to creating and managing the kind of geriatric clinics, practices and services our society desperately needs."

The two-day LMG Conference is presented by the nonprofit SCAN Health Plan in collaboration with the UCLA Academic Geriatric Resource Center and the California Geriatric Education Center. Now in its seventh year, the conference is held in a retreat-like setting with a low participant-to-faculty ratio. To date, 157 participants from 19 states have attended the program.

One of the topics covered at this year's conference was the growing demand for, and challenges associated with, providing long-term care as America ages. Attendees helped develop strategies for effective long-term care practices and identified quality indicators for institutional and community long-term care services.

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