Predicted Shortfall of 20,000 Geriatrics Doctors Causes Alarm for Aging, Elderly and Baby Boomers--New Health Care Law Exacerbates Doctor Deficit--Demands Attention

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Geriatrics doctors have been outstripped by demand. Current studies indicate with Baby boomers and their aging and elderly parents will come a shortage of at least 20,000 geriatrics practitioners. The new health care legislation reduces doctors' reimbursements from Medicare by 21%, the health care system will lose geriatrics doctors and the "doctor deficit” will get even larger. Author of in-home elder care book and online research databases makes direct appeal to geriatrics professionals for help and cooperation in publicizing new book, Mama Moves In and companion online research tools, in effort to minimize impact of doctor shortage.

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Dyke said, “Knowing how many families will have a similar experience to ours, I resolved to assemble an in-home elder care book with online research tools that could help prepare and assist families with elder care for aging and elderly family members."

Author appeals directly to geriatrics professionals for help in publicizing new in-home elder care book, Mama Moves In, and companion research tools to combat looming doctor deficit.

Geriatrics doctors have been outstripped by demand. Current studies indicate that with the Baby boomers and their aging parents will come a shortage of at least 20,000 geriatrics practitioners. Further, with the new health care legislation doctors' reimbursements from Medicare will be reduced by 21% and the health care system will lose geriatrics doctors and the "doctor deficit” will get even larger.

The consequences of the 20,000 geriatrics doctor shortfall must be recognized and dealt with in every way possible. Geriatrics professionals, doctors, nurses, therapists, pharmacists and other care givers are invited to participate in an effort to stretch the limited geriatrics professionals’ time and attention to the greatest extent practicable.

Based on the current studies that reflect the geriatrics-doctor shortfall, Tom Dyke, author of Mama Moves In, has made a direct appeal to members of The American Geriatrics Society and other geriatrics professionals. Having been through 5 ½-years of in-his-home elder care with his mom (age 84 to 90), Dyke appeals to geriatrics professionals to spread the word about his recently published book and online databases for information and products.

The book and research tools offer time relief to elder care professionals from the constant demand from in-home care givers for needs that might be more efficiently served by Mama Moves In and the research tools. The research databases are online, real-time and always-current for both information and products for the care givers and loved ones to use at any time, day or night. (Visit: http://www.MamaMovesIn.com for more information.)

Dyke said, “Knowing how many families will have a similar experience to ours, I resolved to assemble an in-home elder care book with online research tools that could help prepare and assist families with their in-home elder care for their aging family members. The book and research tools can reduce time demands on geriatrics professionals as and when appropriate.” Dyke wrote the book and assembled the databases for release in March/April, 2010, through Dyke Publishing Company at http://www.dykepublishing.com.

For many years the preponderance of the elderly and aging have spent their last years in their own homes or in a rest home of some sort. As long as the money and/or assets were available, the choices were between staying in their own home with the assistance of family members and expensive elder care givers 24/7 and a rest-home which could be expensive, too.

If the money were not available, lower-end rest-homes that would accept what Medicare would pay were available. They still are, but many families are not comfortable with the level of care and the facilities one gets for what Medicare can pay. If medical boards start deciding who gets what level of care, if any care at all, families, with the help of geriatrics doctors, will be the only option. The setting will be in the care giver’s home rather than in a rest home.

Now, with the the economy in decline, options are getting more limited. More and more families have to explore bringing their aging parents into their own homes, and heretofore there was no written and online research information designed specifically to assist with in-home elder care.

Searches using any of today’s powerful search engines result in thousands and thousands of “hits.” It takes time to wade through the “hits” to glean the information needed at the moment. There are over 70,000,000 Baby Boomers with millions of elderly parents who will need elder care, so the aggregate time to be saved with a specific in-home elder care book and online research tools will be huge and valuable.

When asked about why he wrote the book and developed the online research tools, Dyke replied, “Mom was 84 years old and in need of elder care when I moved her in to live with my wife and me for the last 5 ½ years or her life. I was a rank novice, and the learning curve was steep for at least the first three years. Knowing how many families would have a similar experience to ours, I resolved to write a book and develop a set of online research tools that could help prepare and assist families with in-home elder care for their aging and elderly family members.”

The results of Dyke’s efforts are Mama Moves In, and the online research tools, InformationResearchPro and ProductResearchPro accessed with the Research CD included with the book. Dyke noted, “The book gives context to the research tools and the tools give utility to the book.”

Mama Moves In provides a dress rehearsal for assessment, preparation and the experience of moving an elderly parent into one’s home. Readers get quick access from the online research tools to over 200 category-organized articles written by doctors, nurses and other elder care professionals plus everything the Internet has to offer. Readers also get immediate and interactive access to hundreds of useful and clever elder-care products.

Tom Dyke is making the http://www.MamaMovesIn.com and the http://www.DykePublishing.com site available to all geriatrics doctors and nurses, general practitioners and all others providing care to the aging and elderly and their in-home care givers. All information and suggestions to make the site more informative, easier to use and more efficient are welcome. The following are requested now:

Geriatrics professionals’ website listings and permission to post by State and Town;

Articles from geriatrics professionals for posting in regularly-updated information database;

Use free Mama Moves In post cards to notify patients and families of the elderly about Mama Moves In, the online research tools and the website, http://www.MamaMovesIn.com;

Links from geriatrics professionals to and from http://www.MamaMovesIn.com;

Suggestions for website improvements submitted by geriatrics professionals; and,

Use the DP-Blog at http://www.MamaMovesIn.com.

The GOAL is to make the time and efforts of the geriatrics professionals and all other elder care providers go as far as possible. The book, Mama Moves In, the online research tools and the website are available for the effort now. All elder care professionals are invited; no they are urged to put the book, the online research tools and the website to the most effective use possible. Put the book, the tools and the website to full use, and save as much professional time and effort as possible when appropriate.

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