More News about Grantees and Staff
Monday, Apr 21, 2014
Hartford Grantees Dr. Diane E. Meier and Dr. R. Sean Morrison of Mt. Sinai Hospital were recently mentioned in the New York Times Business Section about the integration of home care visits into some hospitals’ palliative care program.
Monday, Apr 21, 2014
Hartford Scholar Dr. Gary Epstein-Lubow, a geriatric psychiatrist at Butler Hospital and an assistant professor at Brown University’s Alpert Medical School and School of Public Health, recently sat down with PBS NewsHour to discuss his own family's struggles as caregivers. He also discusses initiatives that are working to improve the resources and access to help for all family caregivers. Dr. Epstein-Lubow’s interview is based on his recent piece featured in the Health Affairs special issue on Alzheimer's disease. The essay, “A Family Disease,” follows the difficulty that Epstein-Lubow and his family had in finding the treatment that his mother-in-law required for dementia and the support that they — her primary caregivers — so badly needed. He also describes his own grandparents’ struggles with the same disease 25 years prior, and notes that as access to family-based solutions remains limited, “the situation today is not much different.”
Friday, Apr 18, 2014
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.
Thursday, Apr 17, 2014
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.
Wednesday, Apr 9, 2014
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.
Thursday, Apr 3, 2014
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.
Thursday, Apr 3, 2014
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.
Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014
A new coalition of experts known as the Hartford Change AGEnts Initiative Dementia Caregiving Network is now working to achieve improvements in services, supports, and care for persons with dementia and their caregivers. This is the first of several planned networks within the Hartford Change AGEnts Initiative, which was established in 2013 and is a multi-year project designed to create change in the practice environment that will improve the health of older adults, their families, and communities. The co-chairs of the new network are Alan Stevens, PhD, the Centennial Chair in Gerontology at Baylor Scott & White Health and professor at the Texas A&M University Health Science Center; and Nancy Wilson MA, LMSW, of the Baylor College of Medicine and the Houston VA Center of Excellence in Health Services Research. The two are responsible for identifying what is currently known about improving the lives of persons with dementia and their caregivers, and putting into motion ambitious plans to ensure that the best care is provided.