In order to advance our mission of improving the health of older adults, Hartford Foundation staff and grantees use the power of convenings, educational programs and publications to develop and disseminate new ideas, opportunities and best practices. We encourage you to explore the News and Events section for the latest breaking information and innovations related to the care of older adults.
In February, AcademyHealth convened a group of researchers, policymakers, and practitioners to discuss what is known about the quality of home- and community-based services (HCBS), how to define and measure HCBS quality, and how defined measures might be used to improve quality. A summary of this meeting was recently published and is available on the AcademyHealth website.
The American Geriatric Society (AGS) and AARP has launched a new resource at the start of National Minority Health Month for older Chinese Americans that will help individuals of this minority group better understand and drive their own well-being. Developed by AGS with support from AARP, “Chinese American Older Adults: A Guide to Managing Your Health” is a free resource that highlights the most common health concerns in the Chinese American older adult community and ways that they can talk to healthcare providers about addressing them proactively.
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is requesting nominations to fill eleven upcoming vacancies on the Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary, Community-Based Linkages (ACICBL).
The 'Improving the Care of Long-Term Care Facility Residents with Infections' course, which is part of the AntiBiotic Stewardship in Long-Term Care Environment (ABLE) Program is designed for healthcare providers, particularly nursing staff, who want to improve the care of older adults with suspected infections. The overall theme of the education is antibiotic stewardship. The course consists of six 30-minute computer modules offered through CourseSites and is self-paced.
In a recent New York Times op-ed piece, Mary Ersek wrote about 'Transforming Nursing Home Care" and the state of nursing homes currently along with efforts to improve services to older adults in these settings. With the growing demand for nursing homes, it is crucial that nursing homes are making the effort to transform institutional long-term care. Underlying such efforts are the principles of palliative care: maximizing comfort and pleasure rather than cure or rehabilitation and providing care that is consistent with residents’ and families’ preferences.