Creating age-friendly health systems

More than 46 million Americans are ages 65 and older, and that number is projected to double to more than 98 million by 2060. To ensure that older adult patients receive quality care – care that anticipates their needs and engages them and their families in health care planning – the American Hospital Association’s Health Research & Educational Trust is partnering with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the Catholic Health Association of the United States, with leadership and funding from the John A. Hartford Foundation, to create age-friendly health systems. Five health systems are testing this new approach in hospitals as well as in long-term care, ambulatory, and post-acute settings. You can learn more at  www.aha.org/agefriendly and by downloading the “Creating Age-Friendly Health Systems” issue brief with more information and case examples.

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