‘ConnectedHEALTH with Joel E. Barthelemy’ – Episode 23

February 19, 2014 | By | Reply More

Elder Care

We all want to live as long as possible.  The good news is that the average life expectancy continues to rise.  However, lifestyle choices often determine if a longer life is free of chronic disease, pain or discomfort.  GlobalMed’s Managing Director Joel E. Barthelemy explores the topic of Elder Care in this episode of ConnectedHealth.  Send an email to: joelsblog@globalmed.com

 

Transcript:

Hello again, I’m Joel Barthelemy.

It is no secret that women tend to live longer than us men.

Of the 53-thousand Americans who are a hundred years old or older, 82-percent are women.

The good news for us guys is that everyone in the United States is living longer.

And life expectancy is increasing for those who were born after you and me.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people born in 2010 can expect to live to be 78 point seven years old.

We aren’t living longer because of diet, despite what our vegetarian friends might say, because life expectancy has been rising steadily from 1960 when it was little more than 73 years old.

No, we owe much of the reason behind longer lives to better treatment of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

But the span of time we are healthy is most affected by our lifestyle practices.

This is where diet and exercise and avoiding tobacco come into play.

We all want to maintain our independent lives as long as possible.

But if you develop a chronic disease, you will live longer with illness and disability.

Many of us may have to spend our older years sharing a house with children or even our grandchildren.

Others can’t count on that or don’t want to burden relatives.

The rapid growth in the number of assisted living facilities and care homes indicates there is a need for a housing and long-term option.

Wherever people live out their lives, though, they will need healthcare.

If we can make it convenient and accessible and get seniors to medical care sooner, rather than later, we can hold down the costs of their healthcare.

This is becoming more important for the healthcare system as a whole.

Hospitals, for example, stand to lose millions of dollars in Medicare reimbursements for the readmission of patients within 30 days of their discharge.

I truly believe Connected Health in the form of telemedicine offers an opportunity to improve the standard of care for the elderly.

Doctors can stay in better contact with patients who have difficulty getting around or are homebound.

Using systems like our Transportable Exam Station, physicians see and speak to their patients.

With the help of a nurse or other care provider, they log vital signs, listen to heart and lung sounds, view E-K-G’s and ultrasounds, and preserve medical images in real time.

If we can provide quality care to our seniors while making it more convenient and less costly in the long term, why don’t we?

I’m Joel Barthelemy.

If you want to know more, send me an email.

My address is on the bottom of this page.

 

 

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