Through this digital window I always try to submit relevant articles or facts that may be interesting and useful in forming an opinion. Often I’m aware that I may seem repetitive, but there are issues that cause me great concern and, above all, disquiet because I see that many of them -or that’s the impression I have-, do not occupy a prominent place on the agenda of Spanish decision-makers, especially on the agenda of policy makers. These are not trivial matters; given that they currently pose a serious problem that will only get worse in the short term if appropriate measures are not taken.
The challenge of aging and chronicity
This week I was in Madrid attending the ‘To Your Health’ awards, which every year brings together, at the headquarters of the «La Razon» newspaper, those organizations and professionals with the biggest pulling power in the sector. This year I also went to collect an award, as happened in 2013, when the work in our Plan for the Promotion and Prevention of Health in our Care Integration Model was recognized. This time, the award went to our Chronic Patient Care Plan, which our group is working on to try to meet the needs of the citizens of the XXI century, addressing the needs of people at all stages of their life and with an effective coordination and integration care model.
According to the Basic Demographic Indicators published this week by the National Statistics Institute, beyond the age of 65 it is probable that we will live for another 21.2 years (19.1 for men and 23 for women). This means that when a citizen retires, they can look forward to living up to the age of 86 years old. We have a lot of work ahead of us, but it seems that we are on the right track, as the Professor of Health Economics and Public Policy at the University of California-Berkeley (USA), Richard Scheffler, declared.