GERIATRIC REHABILITATION AS A PART OF THE POST ACUTE CONTINUUM FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES FOR PHYSIATRY
Bruce M. Gans (Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, USA)
The world population is manifesting an unprecedented shift towards the aged. In the USA and many other nations, the post-World War II baby boomer generation is impacting the world economy and defining the future needs for rehabilitation and other health care services. While geriatric rehabilitation has been somewhat addressed as a special focus within medical rehabilitation, the projected demographics of the world population suggest a radical shift in the distribution of the rehabilitation problems physiatrists will face in the near future. Furthermore, increasing pressures to control the costs of health care and supportive services will force the wide-spread adoption of innovative (and less costly) service-delivery models and methods. In this presentation, demographic projections for many countries of the world will be presented, and strategies for a planned response to the anticipated needs for physiatric services will be presented.
MEDICAL PROBLEMS IN PERFORMING ARTS
Stanley F. Wainapel, M.D., M.P.H. (Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Med.)
Musicians and dancers at all ages or levels of expertise are vulnerable to a wide variety of musculoskeletal, neurological, endocrine, and psychological impairments whose occurrence can threaten or even terminate their careers. Early detection and disorder-specific rehabilitation strategies are essential for an optimal functional outcome. This presentation outlines the most commonly encountered clinical syndromes, their etiologies, their functional consequences, and a comprehensive methodology for rehabilitation management. Performing Arts Medicine is an exciting new subspecialty for which Rehabilitation Medicine professionals are particularly well-suited by training and temperment.