On Wednesday, March 12th at 1:15 p.m., I will be presenting a poster session on “Senior Citizens, Scams and Identity Theft; The Hidden Threat” at the 2014 Aging in America Conference*.
Last week we asked if you are aware of how the Affordable Care Act will impact the diverse elders you serve. For example, did you know that under the Affordable Care Act a far larger and more diverse cohort of older adults will receive care and services as outpatients, and they will be expected to engage in self-managed care in their homes instead of on hospital campuses? Non-insured, impoverished and immigrant elders may not qualify for hospital-based services and thus can fall through the healthcare insurance cracks, relying on home self-care.
Person-centered care is acclaimed as a means and a goal to improve healthcare, health-related services, and social and community services for people of all ages. There is some agreement about the concepts and principles behind person-centered care, but translating these into practice has been slow, and barriers remain.
This article is the first in a series of three columns on aging and technology. The January–February 2014 issue of Aging Today will feature the University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign and the work of Deana McDonagh, an industrial designer with postings in both the School of Art and Design, and the Beckman Institute for Advanced Sciences and Technology.