Date of Original Version

2006

Type

Conference Proceeding

Abstract or Description

Nearly 2.5 million Americans currently reside in nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the United States, accounting for approximately 5% of persons 65 years and older.1The aging of the “Baby Boomer” generation is expected to lead to an exponential growth in the need for some form of long-term care (LTC) for this segment of the population within the next 25 years. In light of these sobering demographic shifts, there is an urgency to address the profound concerns that exist about the quality-of-care (QoC) and quality-of-life (QoL) of this frailest segment of our population.

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