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Globally, the number of elderly has tripled since the 1950s and is expected to triple again in the next 50 years.
ACCESS Health International works to help provide high quality, affordable care for the elderly and the chronically ill. Our method is to identify, analyze, and document best practices in managing the elderly and chronically ill patients and to consult with public and private providers to help implement new and better cost effective ways to care for this population. We also encourage entrepreneurs to create new businesses to serve the needs of this rapidly expanding population. At present, ACCESS Health works on these issues in high income countries, including Singapore, Sweden, and the United States. ACCESS Health is working to expand this work to low and middle income countries, including India and China.

Hong Kong (China)

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ACCESS Health Hong Kong will work in areas relevant to the aging population, including caregiver training and education, quality measurement, monitoring and information systems, and housing and urban planning.

Projects

  • Joint Learning Network for Evolving Health Systems

    Joint Learning Network for Evolving Health Systems

    ACCESS Health brings together experts and organizations facing similar healthcare challenges to share experiences in a structured process known as joint learning. Through this process, experts and organizations share knowledge of what works and what does not. ACCESS Health intends to establish a Joint Learning Network to address the problems of elder care and primary care within both urban and rural China.

  • Silverevolution

    Silverevolution

    ACCESS Health created and maintains the Silverevolution blog. Contributors describe innovations in healthcare for the elderly and chronically ill.

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Mainland China

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China is facing a demographic challenge. The population is rapidly aging. Older patients often require long term chronic care. Providing high quality care at an affordable cost is a challenge.

Projects

  • Joint Learning Network for Evolving Health Systems

    Joint Learning Network for Evolving Health Systems

    ACCESS Health brings together experts and organizations facing similar healthcare challenges to share experiences in a structured process known as joint learning. Through this process, experts and organizations share knowledge of what works and what does not. ACCESS Health intends to establish a Joint Learning Network to address the problems of elder care and primary care within both urban and rural China.

  • Silverevolution

    Silverevolution

    ACCESS Health created and maintains the Silverevolution blog. Contributors describe innovations in healthcare for the elderly and chronically ill.

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Singapore

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Singapore has one of the fastest aging populations in the world, resulting from a fertility rate that is well below the replacement rate and a life expectancy that is among the highest in the world. Today, one in seven Singaporeans is over sixty five years old, and that ratio is expected to increase to one in three over the next thirty years. ACCESS Health Singapore documents, analyzes, and shares lessons from the comprehensive, long term planning process of the government to reorient its healthcare system to the needs of the elderly and chronically ill.

Featured Projects

Projects

  • A City for All Ages: Health as an Organizing Principle for Metropolitan Transformation: The Singapore Example

    A City for All Ages: Health as an Organizing Principle for Metropolitan Transformation: The Singapore Example

    ACCESS Health is currently undertaking a study of how Singapore plans for the healthcare needs of the future.

  • Modern Aging

    Modern Aging

    Modern Aging is an initiative of ACCESS Health International that inspires and empowers entrepreneurs of all ages and backgrounds to create businesses to serve the needs of the elderly. The Modern Aging educational programs provide insights into the medical and social needs of the elderly, offer examples of successful businesses, mentor participants, and provide limited…

  • Pioneering Elder Care

    Pioneering Elder Care

    ACCESS Health Singapore and ACCESS Health Sweden collaborated on a study of the Singapore elderly care system, one of six models used to guide the development of the Swedish elderly care provider payment system.

  • Silverevolution

    Silverevolution

    ACCESS Health created and maintains the Silverevolution blog. Contributors describe innovations in healthcare for the elderly and chronically ill.

  • Stay Young Navigators

    Stay Young Navigators

    Stay Young Navigators is a community based program that trains active agers to help their peers manage their health by serving as liaisons for health services, community resources, and financial assistance programs.

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ACCESS Health Sweden analyzes how specific programs and policies improve and modernize care for older adults. Because we are locally based, ACCESS Health Sweden is able to participate in the response to the aging population in the country and to identify strengths and weaknesses in the elderly care strategies of the country. We use this knowledge to discuss challenges and opportunities with Swedish national and local leaders and to inspire and guide other countries as they seek to improve care for their own people.

Featured Projects

Projects

  • Elder Care Case Studies

    Elder Care Case Studies

    ACCESS Health studies the Swedish elder care system from different angles. Our team interviews regional directors of healthcare, national and local politicians, policy experts, doctors, nurses, assistant nurses, and a range of other healthcare professionals in an effort to identify areas for improvement and strengths of the Swedish elder care system.

  • Experience Design for the Elderly

    Experience Design for the Elderly

    Experience Design for the Elderly worked with Swedish design students to develop tools and activities to create conversations around empathy, the healthcare system, and different viewpoints. We shared this knowledge with those interested or involved in the care of the elderly.

  • Modern Aging

    Modern Aging

    Modern Aging is an initiative of ACCESS Health International that inspires and empowers entrepreneurs of all ages and backgrounds to create businesses to serve the needs of the elderly. The Modern Aging educational programs provide insights into the medical and social needs of the elderly, offer examples of successful businesses, mentor participants, and provide limited…

  • Pioneering Elder Care

    Pioneering Elder Care

    ACCESS Health Singapore and ACCESS Health Sweden collaborated on a study of the Singapore elderly care system, one of six models used to guide the development of the Swedish elderly care provider payment system.

  • Silverevolution

    Silverevolution

    ACCESS Health created and maintains the Silverevolution blog. Contributors describe innovations in healthcare for the elderly and chronically ill.

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United States

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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.

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From the Blog

Bone Alliance Singapore hosts “Good to the Bones” Symposium

This post was written by Shannon Leong, a student majoring in Life Sciences at the National University of Singapore and a former intern with ACCESS Health Singapore. Poor bone health affects 200 million older individuals globally.  In rapidly aging societies like Singapore, bone related ailments are a major cause for disability. The country now has one of the highest age adjusted hip fracture rates in Asia. In May this year, ACCESS Health, together with a team of local partners, launched Bone Alliance Singapore to collectively raise awareness and engage communities on the...

ACCESS Health Singapore Hosts Workshop on Bone Health for the Bone Alliance

This post was written by Shannon Leong, a student majoring in Life Sciences at the National University of Singapore and a former intern with ACCESS Health Singapore.
  The importance of good bone health is often overlooked. When people do think about it, it is often framed around aging and bone fragility and even then it is often not thought of until after an accident occurs. There is opportunity to broaden our understanding of bone health and create new momentum for action through thoughtful collaborations among like-minded organizations and individuals. In...

ACCESS Health China Shares Global Best Practices on Health Financing, Elder Care, and Urban Health

The head of the ACCESS Health China program, Chang Liu, was invited to speak at a number of events across China on topics ranging from health financing to elder care. At the High Level Forum on Promoting Integration of Healthy Shannxi and Elderly Care in Xi'an City, Shannxi Province, Liu spoke about best practices of healthcare integration and elder care in different countries worldwide and provided suggestions for future developments in the province. More than 200 representatives from pension institutions, elder care enterprises, and elder care experts attended the Forum. At the Asia...
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Featured Resources

Modern Aging: inspiring and empowering entrepreneurs of all ages and backgrounds to create businesses to serve the needs of the elderly.
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