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Sunday, November 19, 2017
HomeHealthKeeping Older Adults at Home

Keeping Older Adults at Home



One of the worries of many people who reach their older adult years is the fear of being institutionalized and stripped of one’s independence. Nursing homes are associated with horror stories of insensitive, abusive, low quality care, and no one wants to have to make a trip to an emergency room for care.  But we know from demonstration projects that these scenarios are avoidable.

The Affordable Care Act includes support for programs that focus on keeping older adults living as independently as possible in their own homes. “LIFE” refers to Living Independently For Elders and represents various programs that address the physical, psychological and social needs of older adults in ways that keep them out of nursing homes, emergency rooms, and hospitals as much as possible. LIFE programs have been shown to improve health, functioning and the quality of life of people they serve, as well as to lower overall costs of care. On this Healthstyles program, Diana Mason, PhD, RN, interviews Eileen Sullivan-Marx, PhD, RN, dean at the College of Nursing at New York University, about her experience with leading a LIFE program in Philadelphia that was operated by the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing. Healthstyles is sponsored by the Center for Health, Media & Policy at Hunter College, City University of New York.



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<p>Diana is a co-director of the GW Nursing Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement and founder of HealthCetera. She was previously president of the American Academy of Nursing. She is senior policy professor at George Washington University and the Rudin Professor of Nursing at Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing. She is a health policy expert and leader. Diana tweets @djmasonrn.</p>

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  • I eagerly hope this idea is becomng a reality.

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