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January 12th 2021: Dr. Mike Wasserman: Inequality of Older Adult Care During COV19

Dr. Wasserman says the federal government and the nursing home industry hasn’t done enough to care for our older, most vulnerable adults As the COVID-19 pandemic spread around the globe, there were 2.1 million Americans living in nursing homes or assisted living facilities. According to a December report from AARP, the COVID 19 virus has claimed the lives of at least 106,000 residents and nursing home staff, which accounts for 39% of all of the deaths from the virus in the U.S. and much of it could have been prevented. Dr. Wasserman points the finger at poor government oversight, lack

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Dr. Michael Wasserman

Doctor Michael Wasserman is a geriatrician who has devoted his career to serving the needs of older adults. He has been a tireless advocate for vulnerable older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Wasserman has served as a member of the National Academy of Science’s “A Framework for Equitable Allocation of Vaccine for the Novel Coronavirus” Committee. He is also Editor-in-Chief of Springer’s upcoming textbook, Geriatric Medicine: A Person Centered Evidence Based Approach. Previously he served as Chief Executive Officer for Rockport Healthcare Services, overseeing the largest nursing home chain in California and prior to that, he was the Executive Director for Care Continuum, a Health
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