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Geriatric Concussions

  • Russell D. Dumire
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Abstract

The geriatric population currently constitutes the most rapidly growing segment of the US as well as world population. In addition, this rapidly growing population is enjoying a level of freedom and independence not realized by previous generations due to advances in healthcare as well as rapid growth of social support organizations and assisted living communities. The geriatric population (people aged 65 and older) comprises approximately 12% of the US population. However, as the 77 plus million members of the baby boomer generation continue to age, the number of people over the age of 65 will exceed 71 million by the year 2030 and represent approximately 20% of the US population. The US Census Bureau also projects that between the years 2005 and 2050 the geriatric population will more than double and in the same period of time the number of individuals aged 85 and older is expected to exceed 20 million in the United States alone [18, 68, 69].

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Conemaugh Memorial HospitalJohnstownUSA

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