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Linnie Bailey

About Linnie Bailey

Linnie Bailey is a magazine editor at Valley Life Today (Corona, Calif.). She is attending Health Journalism 2013 on an AHCJ-Ethnic Media Health Journalism Fellowship, which is supported by the Leona M. & Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.

Quality of life, mental health among issues facing senior health care #ahcj13

Sharon A. Levine, M.D., from the Boston Medical Center Geriatrics Section and a professor of medicine at Boston University, warned attendees of Health Journalism 2013 of the coming “tsunami” of aging baby boomers and older seniors who are living longer (over 19 million people over the age of 85 expected by 2050), stressing the need for an increased emphasis on senior care.  

Levine said there is an extreme shortage of physicians specializing in geriatric care but described it as a “fabulous” job.  She described working within a “village” of providers and caregivers focused on the physical and mental health needs of the aging population. Team goals include not only promoting health, but also preserving independence. Quality of life is a major issue for seniors who may suffer with chronic disease and disability for decades. Continue reading