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.
Hartford Change AGEnts Action Awards are one-year grants for up to $10,000 available to interprofessional teams led by Hartford alumni for the purpose of achieving meaningful change to practice or policy that will improve the health and wellbeing of older adults and/or their families.
Twenty-six members of the House of Representatives has signed a letter to the House Chair and Ranking member of the Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies in support of adequate funding in fiscal year 2015 for programs that will increase the number of health care professional who are prepared to care for the older adult population and support family caregivers.
In the April 2014 thematic issue of Health Affairs, authors explore the many subjects raised by Alzheimer’s disease: the optimal care patients receive and the testing of new models, international comparisons of how the disease is treated, families’ end-of-life dilemmas, a new public-private research collaboration designed to produce improved treatments, and others. Many of the Hartford Foundation’s scholars and grantees contributed to the latest issue of Health Affairs.
Long-term services and supports (LTSS) for the elderly and younger populations with disabilities are a significant component of national health care spending. In 2012, spending for these services was $219.9 billion (9.3 percent of all U.S. personal health care spending), almost two-thirds of which was paid by the federal-state Medicaid program. The National Health Policy Forum recently released a publication that presents data on LTSS spending by major public and private sources.
Teamwork and the key services of a patient-centered medical home—important and controversial aspects of health reform efforts—can improve older adults’ health, according to “On Your Team,” a survey of adults 65 and older released on April 3 by the John A. Hartford Foundation. The survey found that this care is still relatively uncommon, as just 27 percent of older adults reported receiving these services. Nevertheless, a large majority (83%) of those who say they do receive well-coordinated care from a team of providers report that this “team care” has improved their health. The press release, poll findings, and other materials can be found here.