Local hospitals are adapting to treat aging patients. According to the census bureau, in , Monroe County alone the population of people over 65 jumped by 14 percent in 2011.
Not surprisingly, the average age of hospital patients is getting older too.
New York just awarded strong and highland hospitals $136,000 to better treat aging patients.
It's money that's needed. At strong and hospitals nationwide the average age of a patient is 65.
The state funds will pay for 700 nurses to get more in depth elder care training.
Heidi D'Aurizio a nurse at Strong is one of the 50 nurses who took advance training to teach these courses.
Nurses will receive training on illnesses that target older adults - especially delirium and dementia.
They will also learn how to approach elderly patients and detect symptoms -- which can be a lot different than younger adults with the same illness.
"Its just, the awareness of the elder care has just grown two fold," D'Aurizio said. "From their day to day care to long term planning, how we interact with them and ask questions. There's just a greater knowing what their needs are."
The hospitals have two years to use this money.
All adult care nurses at the hospitals are eligible to apply for the training which will take place at the University of Rochester School of Nursing.