GoalImprove the health, function, and quality of life of older adults.OverviewAs Americans live longer, growth in the number of older adults is unprecedented. In 2014, 14.5% (46.3 million) of the US population was aged 65 or older and is projected to reach 23.5% (98 million) by 2060.1Aging adults experience higher risk of chronic disease.
Age-related medical issues can also lead to greater psychological distress, including depression. This can lead to loneliness, which may lead to serious health-related consequences. Social restrictions that some illnesses place upon older adults’ lifestyle can result in isolation and loneliness.
In addition to health outcomes measures, the HOS is used to collect four HEDIS® effectiveness of care measures: Management of Urinary Incontinence in Older Adults, Physical Activity in Older Adults, Fall Risk Management, and Osteoporosis Testing in Older Women.
Polypharmacy is receiving increased attention as a potential problem for older persons, who frequently have multiple chronic conditions. The purpose of this study was to summarize evidence regarding the health outcomes associated with polypharmacy, defined as number of prescribed medications,among older community-dwelling persons.Cited by: 274.
Mar 16, 2017 · Social isolation and loneliness are associated with increased mortality in older adults. Social isolation also has been linked to other adverse health effects, including dementia, increased risk for hospital readmission and increased risk of falls.