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Healthcare spending accounts for almost eighteen percent of the GDP of the United States. More Americans than ever are struggling to manage chronic and non-communicable diseases and pay for ongoing care. The implementation of the Affordable Care Act, beginning in early 2014, has the potential to significantly alter healthcare in the US. ACCESS Health United States plans to identify and document healthcare systems in the United States that provide integrated, patient centered care for the elderly and chronically ill. ACCESS Health United States also intends to create a Modern Aging program to stimulate the creation of businesses that address the health needs of the elderly.
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Our focus in the United States is on improving the quality and affordability of elder care. The population aged eighty and older is growing the fastest and has the highest incidence of chronic conditions, functional limitations, and cognitive decline. The demand for caregivers will increase significantly. The elderly will consume an increasingly large portion of health spending. We identify best practices in elder care, including among providers of geriatric, long term, and chronic care; aging in place and aging in community; healthcare delivery at home; senior living facilities; research; and policy and advocacy organizations. We explore how service providers can learn from each other and improve access to high quality and affordable care.
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According to estimates from the US Department of Health and Human Services, people aged sixty five and older will represent nineteen percent of the population by 2030, up from just over twelve percent in 2000. And a 2013 survey by the Pew Research Center found that seventy five percent of adults in this age group are living with a chronic condition, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or heart disease. With four in ten Americans currently tasked with the care of their elderly and chronically ill relatives, the US healthcare system urgently needs to adjust to meet the rapidly growing demand for high quality and affordable elder and tong term care. ACCESS Health United States helps practitioners and policymakers locate, learn from, and scale up pockets of excellence in elder and long term care.
From the Blog
- Interview: The AdvantAge Assessment: Using Data to Design Elder Friendly Initiatives
- Report: Aging and Place: Designing Housing and Communities for an Aging Population
- Interview: Cohousing: Community Living for All Ages
- Interview: Full Circle America Case Study: Aging in Place and Community
- Transcript: Healthcare: Looking Forward, Presentation to the TTI/Vanguard Conference
- Interview: linkAges: Creating Community Connection and Social Inclusion as a Form of Healthcare
- Transcript: Mutual US-China Investment Opportunities in Health and Wellness
- Transcript: Opportunities for Investment in Health and Wellness
- Interview: Person Centered Dementia Care and Healthy Dying: Interview with Davina Porock
- Interview: Redefining Aging for the Twenty First Century
- Report: UCLA Global Lab for Health Project: Implementation Completion Report