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Boom times ahead for health care
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Doctors Hospital of Manteca is gearing up for a boom.

Every day 10,000 Americans that are part of the Baby Boom Generation that were born between 1946 and 1964 are turning 65.

The sheer numbers will have a major impact on health care.

“Doctors Hospital is (positioning itself) to meet the needs of the Baby Boomers as well as expanding to meet the needs of younger families,” noted Doctors Hospital Chief Executive Officer Nico Tejeda.

The effort includes the implementation of a NICHE program — Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders — that provides a patient-centered care for older adult patients. As part of its commitment to provide a complete as possible repertoire of health services to Manteca, Ripon, and Lathrop residents Doctors Hospital is investing in an $8 million outpatient surgery that should be up and running by early 2016.

 Data compiled by The Advisory Board Company think tank and research firm specializing in health care issues indicates the following:

• 20.3% of the population is expected to be 65 or older by 2030 compared to 13.1% in 2010.

• 52% of inpatients for hospitals will be Medicare patients in 2030 compared to 37% in 2010.

• spending by seniors on wellness programs was $200 million in 2010 with that expected to top $1 trillion in 2030.

• 62% of all Boomers have an obesity-based malady such as diabetes.

• Boomer ranks today compared to a generation ago have 32% more that are obese, 18% more that have hypertension, 29% more that have diabetes, and 117% more that have high cholesterol.

• health club membership of those 55 and older has grown by 519 percent since 2010.

• spending on brain games designed to keep the mind sharp ballooned from $225 million in 2007 to $2 billion in 2015.

• over the next 10 years Boomers are expected to increase the number of cosmetic related surgeries they have by 77% and inpatient surgeries by 32%.

Tejeda also noted Boomers influence the heath care decisions of four generations — their parents, their spouses, their children, and their grandchildren.