Editorial  |   June 2013
The Same Old Game?
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  • N. Martin Giesecke, M.D
    ASA NEWSLETTER
    Editor
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Central and Peripheral Nervous Systems / Geriatric Anesthesia / Editorial
Editorial   |   June 2013
The Same Old Game?
ASA Monitor 06 2013, Vol.77, 4-5.
ASA Monitor 06 2013, Vol.77, 4-5.
If we live long enough, most of us become accustomed to the sight of seeing one’s parents age. And then we become familiar with the view in the mirror, assuming we don’t develop macular degeneration or some other form of senile blindness, as we ourselves grow older. Even though most of us expect to age, it is still difficult to watch oneself, one’s friends, parents and spouses reach that age where the invisible line between health and infirmity is crossed.
As mentioned by Dr. Azocar on page 12 of this NEWSLETTER, the number of elderly in our population is growing at an alarming rate.1  There are at least two reasons for this. Probably the biggest factor is that the first group of baby boomers, born in 1946, has already reached the age that many of us once thought signified retirement – 65 years old. A second reason for the rapid growth in the geriatric population is the fact that people are living longer. And as pointed out by Dr. Azocar, just because we are living longer does not mean we are living healthier, as the age group including those 65 and older has seen a significant increase in the number of hospital days used compared to four decades ago.1 
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