MHA Keystone Center to Launch Initiative to Support Needs of Older Adults
Posted on August 02, 2019
The number of people in the world who are 60 years old and over is anticipated to grow by 56% between 2015 and 2030. Current Michigan census data shows more than 1.5 million of the state’s 7.7 million adults are over the age of 65. This population is rapidly growing, which results in major healthcare implications.
The MHA Keystone Center will soon launch the Age-Friendly Health Systems Action Community to bring attention to the 65-years-and-older population. Funded by the Michigan Health Endowment Fund and offered to MHA members free of charge, the new initiative will show how to meet the needs of older adults and provide high-quality care and better health outcomes.
The project replicates the Age-Friendly Health Systems initiative, which was originally launched in 2017 by the John A. Hartford Foundation and Institute for Healthcare Improvement in partnership with the American Hospital Association and the Catholic Health Association of the United States. Five health systems nationwide participated in the prototype, with an overall aim to support 20 percent of U.S. hospitals becoming age-friendly by June 30, 2020.
The MHA Keystone Center will host an Age-Friendly Health Systems Action Community from October 2019 to April 2020 for both hospital-based and ambulatory care teams. Two free recruitment webinars will be held — Aug. 7 and Aug. 14 — to discuss the program requirements and overall framework. The content of the two webinars is identical, so members can choose the date that is most convenient.
MHA Keystone Center members are encouraged to participate in this unique opportunity and help improve care for Michigan’s older adult population.
Healthcare teams who are interested in participating in this Action Community can enroll online. Members with questions should contact the MHA Keystone Center.
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