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Actualizing Better Health And Health Care For Older Adults

Six vital steps can improve care for older adults

In this Health Affairs article, you'll learn about:

  • The urgency to solve for elder care

" In 2018 the US population ages sixty-five and older numbered 52.4 million, with older adults representing 15.6 percent of the population.1 By 2030, 20 percent of Americans will be age sixty-five or older. "

  • Recommendations  on which steps to take to improve care
  1. Create an adequately prepared workforce
  2. Strengthen the role of public health
  3. Remediate disparities and inequities
  4. Develop new approaches to care delivery
  5. Allocate resources to palliative and end-of-life care
  6. Redesign long-term services and supports

  • Advice on what policy changes could help improve better care for older adults

" Policy changes such as bundled, capitated, and other value-based payments are urgently needed to promote the delivery of care that addresses the social determinants of health, encompasses lifestyle modifications, recognizes the diversity of the older population, and provides needed services for elders with serious illnesses.

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