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Public Perception of Long-Term Care Spells Trouble

As long-term care becomes a growing public policy issue, having a clearer idea of the American public’s perception of policy options, finances, and information sources related to ongoing living assistance becomes increasingly important for understanding and successfully addressing the population’s needs. A recent survey conducted by the National Opinion Research Center and the...

Aging Research in France: Emerging Trends in a Changing Europe

Attention to aging policies, demographic trends, and research findings in other countries can provide researchers and policy makers with valuable perspectives. A recent International Spotlight review in The Gerontologist presents an overview of aging research and policies in France, a country with higher population replacement rates than its European neighbors but which is likewise...

California Report: Great Need, Little Means for Long-Term Care

A survey of registered California voters age 40 and better found that just about half (49 percent) of respondents expect to need long-term care (LTC) for a loved one within the next five years, but most of these cannot afford to pay for it. Of those who say they are likely to need LTC services, 75 percent say they cannot afford more than three months of care, while almost half (47...

California Report: Great Need, Insufficient Means for Long-Term Care

A survey of registered California voters age 40 and better found that just about half (49 percent) of respondents expect to need long-term care (LTC) for a loved one within the next five years, but most of these cannot afford to pay for it. Of those who say they are likely to need LTC services, 75 percent say they cannot afford more than three months of care, while almost half (47...

Integrating Acute and Post-Acute Care

Integrating Acute and Post-Acute Care
With U.S. health care costs escalating at rates that are deemed unsustainable, health care providers throughout the continuum of care, from physicians and hospitals to post-acute providers, are focused on defining new best practices to control costs while they maintain or improve quality of care outcomes.  Most agree that coordinating and/or integrating the acute and post-acute care...

Improving Guidelines for Substance Abuse among Older Adults

With the aging of the population, and particularly the entry of the “Baby Boomer” cohort into the older adult population, it is useful to reconsider guidelines for drug and alcohol use among older adults. Because this newer cohort of older adults (as well as subsequent generations) seems to recreationally use drugs at a higher rate than previous generations, there is likely to be...

Can Health Care Reform Expand Patient-Centered Care in Rural Communities?

The patient-centered model of care is well-regarded as a means to address the needs of older adults with chronic diseases. The patient-centered model is not only good for patients: many experts argue that it is a way to reduce avoidable emergency care use and hospitalizations, and a resource-effective way to manage chronic disease and provide coordinated care among the wider...

Congressional Budget Office’s Report on Health Care Reform Bill

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) issued their report on the budgetary impact of the major health care form bills recently passed by the House of Representatives. They estimate that if the two bills under consideration are enacted together that they will reduce the federal deficit by $138 billion over the course of the next ten years. The CBO wrote their report assuming that both...

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