Introduction.- About the Authors.- Acknowledgements.- 1. Demographics.- 2. Healthcare in the United States.- 3. Long Term Care Financing.- 4. Person Centered Long Term Care.- 5. Home Based Palliative Care & Aging in Place and Community.- 6. Coordinated Primary Care.- 7. Emergency Medicine and Hospital Care in the Home and Community.- 8. Support for Those Living with Dementia and Their Caregivers.- 9. Merging Health and Social Services.- 10. Purpose and Social Inclusion.- 11. Eight Lessons for Social Inclusion and High Quality Affordable Elder Care.
This open access book outlines the challenges of supporting the health and wellbeing of older adults around the world and offers examples of solutions designed by stakeholders, healthcare providers, and public, private and nonprofit organizations in the United States. The solutions presented address challenges including: providing person-centered long-term care, making palliative care accessible in all healthcare settings and the home, enabling aging-in-place, financing long-term care, improving care coordination and access to care, delivering hospital-level and emergency care in the home and retirement community settings, merging health and social care, supporting people living with dementia and their caregivers, creating communities and employment opportunities that are accessible and welcoming to those of all ages and abilities, and combating the stigma of aging. The innovative programs of support and care in Aging Well serve as models of excellence that, when put into action, move health spending toward a sustainable path and greatly contribute to the well-being of older adults.
Jean Galiana managed qualitative research projects at ACCESS Health International with a goal of discovering, documenting, and advocating for best practices in aging in the United States. She now works as a consultant for EasyCare Academy as a writer for internal and external publications and communications, and is enrolled in a Masters of Aging Services Management program of the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology at the University of Southern California.
William A. Haseltine, PhD, is the chair and president of ACCESS Health International. He is well known for his pioneering work on cancer, HIV/AIDS, and genomics. He was a professor at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health where he was founder and the chair of two academic research departments, the Division of Biochemical Pharmacology and the Division of Human Retrovirology. He has authored more than two hundred manuscripts in peer reviewed journals and is the author of several books, including Affordable Excellence: The Singapore Healthcare Story, Aging with Dignity: Innovation and Challenge in Sweden, Every Second Counts: India's Emergency Response System and Voices in Dementia Care.