The Boomers Are Becoming Eligible For Medicare

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Literature Review Between 1946 and 1964, the United States experienced a drastic increase in birth rate and these individuals became known as the baby boomers (Smith, 2007, pg. 2). Now, the baby boomers are turning 50 and each day 10,000 baby boomers are becoming eligible for Medicare (Barr, 2014b, p. 1). The staggering numbers of eligibility is beginning to impose a financial burden on Medicare, and healthcare providers, policy makers and others are trying to come up with new models of care and concepts to improve quality, cut healthcare costs, and withstand the onslaught of acute and chronic illnesses (Barr, 2014b, p.1). The baby boomers have a desire for wellness that promotes “youthful and healthy aging”, a thirst for knowledge and information regarding managing their illnesses and avoiding further risks and complications from diseases associated with old age (Smith, 2007, p. 3). Many elderly people rely on family members to take care of them but this is becoming less common (Siegal & Rimsky, 2015, p.2). In addition, many boomers have no idea how much money they should have saved to support their intended lifestyle after their retirement and medical expenses are not always taken into account (Barr, 2014a, p. 2). Boomers who may need long-term nursing care may not have the financial means when the time comes, and this can create a threat to Medicaid programs (Barr, 2014a, p. 2). Furthermore, Edlund, Lufkin, & Franklin (2003), states that “Medicare has been the traditional healthcare insurance for the elderly” but was never designed to pay for long-term care and custodial services (n.p). It has become evident that the national approach to long-term care, which relies on unpaid family caregivers and Medicaid coverage for nursing... ... middle of paper ... ...cused on the patient’s illnesses, rather on providing quality care and comfort to the patient as they are entering near their final stages of life. Due to the positive environment with constant social contact and interaction, many of the residents love being at the home, and the resident’s family members are satisfied with the care given. Results Mrs. Rusu’s approach to her nursing home care and the feedback that she receives from her patients and her patient’s family members supports the evidence that shows that a patient-centered care in home-like environments can greatly affect the quality of life and satisfaction of the patient and family members. Medicare and Medicaid programs continue to face financial problems with the aging baby boomers on the rise but age does not define health and baby boomers will continue to show interest in health and preventive care.

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