Heath care for an aging population has changed dramatically in just a few years and the future may mean more of the same.
For an aging population of baby boomers born between 1946 and 1964 the times are a changing and the vision of the not too distant future is written in the lined faces of their parents.
And heath care, partly driven by the costs of institutional stays, is moving back to options individuals experienced more than a century ago -- health care delivered to their own homes.
"Home care is kind of the growth industry in health care," said Steve Lund, Minnesota Home Care Association executive director. "It is right on the front edge of a wave that is going to explode ... in terms of the numbers of people who are going to need services."
Lund joined the association in June 1998. He previously served as director of Government Relations with the Employers Association, Inc., a non-profit membership organization providing employer/employee relations management services in the Upper Midwest.
In addition, Lund was active on former Gov. Arne Carlson's Health Care Commission.
Looking at the future of health care services, Lund said it is not hard to imagine technology making it possible for older Americans to stay in their homes longer. Use of home heart monitors and other health transmitting devices could send information about blood pressure and rhythms from home to hospital.
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