Our goal is to provide focused education programs for medical insurance organizations so they may promote client health, well-being, and life participation, while managing cost, reducing health disparities, and reducing negative impacts on health systems.
Emerging Trends including:
Numerous studies have concluded that community-based rehabilitation increases the safety and independence of older people, reduces the risk of falls, and decreases the need for hospital and nursing home admissions. (1)
Ensuring that the disabilities associated with aging are minimized is a major priority for policy development (2) and health systems need to take concerted action to ensure that they can provide older populations with the requisite services.
Drivers of Health Care Spending in the U.S.
One reason for the rise of healthcare costs can be attributed to the increase in incidents of chronic co-morbidities especially as the population ages. As a nation, US health care costs for chronic diseases contribute greatly to health care costs, especially during end of life care. “Patients with chronic illness in their last two years of life account for about 32% of total Medicare spending, much of it going toward physician and hospital fees associated with repeated hospitalizations.” (3) The National Academy of Sciences found that among other high-income nations the U.S. has a higher rate of chronic illness and a lower overall life expectancy. Their findings suggest that this holds true even when controlling for socio-economic disparity. (4) Experts are focusing more on preventative care in an effort to improve health and reduce the financial burdens associated with chronic disease. (5)
Supportive Aging provides two opportunities to address this focus:
Provide an organization-sponsored Supportive Aging educational program either onsite in primary care settings or in community setting with at-risk older adults as targeted participants.
Provide organization-sponsored education for healthcare providers who seek to identify those at risk for developing frailty but are limited in their knowledge of successful interventions to reduce frailty progression such as referring to community resources like a frailty prevention program.
Supportive Aging Program Highlights:
Programs provided by licensed therapists with advanced practice knowledge and experience with older adults.
Flexible sessions: one-time session of either 4hrs or 6 hrs. OR extended over several weeks with 1 class per week.
Promotion of event by media, sponsoring community organization, healthcare providers.
Topics covered include but are not limited to:
Frailty risk factors
Importance of proper nutrition as people age
Building strong upper body for functional strength
Fall prevention education
Awareness of sustained activity to improve balance and endurance
Strategies to reduce depression and social isolation,
Recommendations for community resources to remain independent.
Educational program is provided at no cost to participants due to sponsorship from community organization.
For further details about sponsoring a Supportive Aging Program at your organization - please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Beswick, A. D., Rees, K., Dieppe, P., Ayis, S., Gooberman-Hill, R., Horwood, J., & Ebrahim, S. (2008). Complex interventions to improve physical function and maintain independent living in elderly people: a systematic review and meta-analysis. The Lancet, 371(9614), 725–735. doi: 10.1016/s0140-6736(08)60342-6
2. UN (United Nations). 2015. World Population Ageing 2015. New York: Department of Economic and Social Affairs, UN.
3. The Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care. (2013) “End of Life Care”. Available at: http://www.dartmouthatlas.org/keyissues/issue.aspx? con=2944
4. National Research Council. (2013) U.S. Health in International Perspective: Shorter Lives, Poorer Health. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press
5. Beamesderfer, A., Ranji.U. (2013) “U.S. Health Care Costs.” Background Brief. Kaiser Family Foundation.