In the next half century, the population of older adults in the United States is projected to more than double in size—from 31 million to 80 million.  Most older adults receive care from health professionals whose educational preparation focused on younger persons. Older adults have complex health care needs, and increased numbers of health professionals, prepared in gerontology, are needed to care for this growing population.  In terms of total population, nine of Oregon's rural counties contain 20% or more residents over the age of 65.  OGEC's work plan contains a concentrated focus on evidence-based falls prevention and the training of interprofessional health care teams in rural areas of Oregon.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the US Department of Healthy and Human Services(HHS) under grant number UB4HP19057 titled "Oregon Geriatric Education Center" (total award amount of $2,138,357, 0% financed with nongovernmental sources). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the US Government.

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