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Why Will Geriatric Nephrology Be an Important Area of Focus in Kidney Care in the Near Future?

  • 1 Jawed Areeba, MD, is an Assistant Professor and Clinical Ethicist in the Division of Nephrology at Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI.
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With fertility in decline and life expectancy on the rise around the world, there are many unanswered questions that warrant answers in healthcare. Currently, living to age 70 or 80 years old is no longer considered a rarity in the developed world. However, longer lifespans have led to new challenges. How many years can older people expect to live in good health? Which chronic illnesses will affect these aging individuals? How will the rising cost of healthcare be accounted for? The world is facing these and many more questions as the population continues to age. Nephrologists need to direct their