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Leadership in Aged Care : Comments

By Brian Draper and Yun-Hee Jeon, published 1/11/2011

The number of people with dementia is expected to more than double from around a quarter of a million Australians in 2010 to over 590,000 by 2030.

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I believe that Professor Draper has the best interests of the aged at heart. I do however believe that he needs to seriously consider what our short and medium social, political and most importantly economic future will look like, not what it may look like.

The world is in a debt/credit crisis, driven fundamentally by the incremental loss of cheap energy. The future is not going to look like the past or present.

The world is going to have a serious aged care problem if it thinks it can deal with those needing aged care, using the same mindset that is current today.

There will not be enough, energy, financial support, employment or services remaining by 2030 to permit people to be cared in the manner that they currently enjoy, despite existing shortfalls and hopes for the future.

The world is contracting on all fronts, there is not enough energy for continued economic growth, despite what the economists, politicians and those spruiking a golden future say.

Perhaps, somewhat beneficially, we will return to the older ways, parents and grandparents will need to be cared for by family or close friends.

Think outside the square and take a holistic approach to what the future might hold, a bold approach is sometimes unpalatable
Posted by Geoff of Perth, Tuesday, 1 November 2011 5:23:25 PM
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