Profile: Jonathan Flacker
Chief, Section of Geriatrics and Gerontology Professor at Emory University
Geriatrician, educator, Professor of Medicine at Emory University, and general believer that it is never too late to have a happy childhood.
Also contributed to this article: Rebecca L Dillard
Assistant Program Director at Emory Center for Health in Aging at Emory University
NoteStreams By Jonathan Flacker
By 2030, the last of the Baby Boomer generation will have turned 65 years old, putting the population of “senior boomers” in the United States at approximately 71 million. Currently, only about 7,000 certified geriatricians – physicians specializing in the care of older adults – are practicing in the US. That’s about one geriatrician for every 10,000 of these expected seniors, assuming that the number of geriatricians remains stable.
However, the number of new trainees in the field of geriatrics is going down.