More than half of the 1.2 million people living with HIV in the U.S. are 50 or older. By 2030, that figure is estimated to rise to 70-percent. This new Grantmakers In Aging (GIA) report offers a detailed set of recommendations for bringing health care (HIV, geriatrics, primary, and specialty care), behavioral health care, psychosocial support, and social services into closer cooperation.
The new report characterizes the status of emerging state-based social insurance programs. Using a qualitative, case-study approach, the researchers describe the nature and evolution of the long-term services and supports (LTSS) finance reform(s) taking place in 6 states.
This Milbank Memorial Fund blog post explores the impact of COVID-19 on access to group meals provided through a federal–state nutrition program for older adults. It also calls for a coordinated national effort with more federal resources and flexibility for states to develop short- and long-term plans.
Many primary care physicians do not feel confident in their capacity to meet their patients’ social needs, and they believe this impedes their ability to provide quality care. Despite evidence that social determinants such as education, employment, and economics can influence health outcomes, a service coordination gap remains.
This Issue Focus article is adapted from an October 30, 2013 GIH webinar discussing the health issues and challenges face by LGBT elders and how grantmakers are supporting efforts to improve related services, policies, and research.
In the United States, more than three million children are in the primary care of a grandparent. More than one-half (55 percent) of these grandparents have been the primary caretaker for three years or more, and they face a number of economic, legal, and health challenges.
By 2030, national health care spending is expected to increase by about 25 percent, largely because of the increased number of older Americans. In order to cope with this enormous influx of older people, new adaptations and innovations will be required to meet their health and wellness needs. A field that is gaining increasing attention for its promise to improve the health and well-being of older adult populations is the arts.
Linking Medical Services and Community-Based Care: A Step toward Aging with Dignity, Choice, and Independence
Filling the care gap between a hospital (or skilled nursing) discharge and re-entry at home often means connecting individuals with services that live outside traditional health care settings.
Depression is one of the most common disabling and debilitating health conditions in the United States and internationally. To ensure better depression care for older patients, The John A. Hartford Foundation has advocated for the Improving Mood–Promoting Access to Collaborative Treatment (IMPACT) model as the standard approach to the delivery of mental health services in primary care.
In the past several decades, remarkable strides have been made in addressing the devastating issue of interpersonal violence—both child abuse and neglect, as well as intimate partner violence. Sadly, however, the issue of elder abuse lags behind these advances.
The culture and system of care at the end of life present unnecessary emotional, physical, and financial burdens for patients and their loved ones. Although this is what we have come to expect, other realities are possible.
The historic passage of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was in many ways a homerun for health advocates who have been working toward meaningful reform for decades. The new law lays the groundwork for sweeping changes in the American health care system, expanding access, coverage, and personal responsibility for care suited to individual needs.