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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation;
Summarizes findings from a June 2006 survey on Americans' views on government support for legal immigrant children and foster children, issues of community violence, and long-term care services, costs, and long-term care insurance.
Outlines the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act, which would create a voluntary national long-term care insurance program. Reviews public insurance programs in Europe and Japan and highlights lessons for U.S. policy makers.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation;
The U.S. health care system suffers from a chronic malady -- the revolving door syndrome at its hospitals. It is so bad that the federal government says one in five elderly patients is back in the hospital within 30 days of leaving.Some return trips are predictable elements of a treatment plan. Others are unplanned but difficult to prevent: patients go home, new and unexpected problems arise, and they require an immediate trip back to the hospital.
But many of these readmissions can and should be prevented. They are the result of a fragmented system of care that too often leaves discharged patients to their own devices, unable to follow instructions they didn't understand, and not taking medications or getting the necessary follow-up care.
The federal government has pegged the cost of readmissions for Medicare patients alone at $26 billion annually, and says more than $17 billion of it pays for return trips that need not happen if patients get the right care. This is one reason the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has identified avoidable readmissions as one of the leading problems facing the U.S. health care system and now penalizes hospitals with high rates of readmissions for their heart failure, heart attack, and pneumonia patients.
This report is being released in conjunction with the Robert Wood John Foundation's Care About Your Care initiative, which is devoted to improving care transitions when people leave the hospital. It looks at the issue of readmissions in two ways: by the numbers and through the eyes of the people who live them.
Hispanics in Philanthropy;
Highlights data on aging Latinos/Hispanics, trends in the assets and needs of community-based organizations serving or that could serve older Latinos, and strategies for addressing gaps in supportive policies. Outlines best practices and recommendations.
Migrants play an increasingly significant role in caring for the elderly due to a growing number of older people and declining domestic labour supplies, according to this report in the IOM Migration Research Series. It examines the demand for migrant care workers; compares the experiences of migrants, employers and older people; and presents recommendations for addressing the increasing significance of elder care and its implications for migrant labour.
This collection brings together evidence and insights about the millions of people who are denied access to palliative care and what organizations worldwide are doing to help them.
National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts;
Creativity Matters: The Arts and Aging Toolkit is a first-of-its-kind resource, offering the arts and aging fields detailed advice on the design, implementation and evaluation of professionally-led participatory arts programs for older adults. Such programs have been shown to produce significant general and mental health benefits for participants, and to strengthen community connections.
The Toolkit describes
the benefits of art programs for older people;
the existing services and organizations for arts and aging;
best practices in designing, funding, implementing, sustaining and evaluating art programs for older people; and
case studies of outstanding programs
The Toolkit is a joint project of the National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA), the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts, and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC).
The Tookit is available in English and Spanish. It may be downloaded online at artsandaging.org. Hard copies are also available for purchase through the National Guild at (212) 268-3337 ext. 16.
Earth Policy Institute;
People born today will live for 68 years on average, 20 years longer than those born in 1950. By the mid-twentieth century, industrial countries had already made major strides in extending lifespans with improvements in sanitation, nutrition, and public health. After World War II, rapid gains in life expectancy in developing countries began to narrow the gap between these nations and industrial countries. Although average life expectancy worldwide continues to increase, gains have come more slowly in the last few decades. Worryingly, life expectancy has actually declined in some developing countries, while a few industrial countries have stalled or made slow progress on this important indicator of human health and well-being.
Rose Community Foundation;
Presents findings from a mixed-method assessment of Denver area Baby Boomers' interests, needs, and opportunities to remain engaged in community life. Analyzes data by gender, race/ethnicity, income level, and other factors, and proposes new initiatives.
Pew Center on the States;
Ranks states by funding levels for pension, healthcare, and other public sector retirement benefits; unfunded liabilities; and contributions as of the end of fiscal year 2008. Examines factors behind the underfunding and policy reform efforts.
African Palliative Care Association;
In sub-Saharan Africa, with an overwhelming communicable and non-communicable disease burden, the palliative care needs of aged people have never been more urgent. However, services that target this group often lack the necessary skills to provide effective palliative care. This qualitative study aimed to: (i) describe the current life experiences of, and care services for, aged people and identify their unmet palliative care needs; (ii) provide recommendations for the integration of palliative care into existing services for the aged, and; (iii) highlight the key components of a rovisional palliative care research agenda for older people in Africa.
By tracking and analyzing trends in areas that affect quality of life, Compass gives everyone in Minnesota-- policymakers, business and community leaders, and concerned individuals who live and work in the area-- a common foundation to act on issues to improve their communities