Senior Living Full Court Press Team Explores Solutions for Community-Dwelling Seniors and Caregivers

On February 23, the Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) Senior Living Full Court Press Team met for the first time this year to explore three strategies and models that aim to support community-dwelling seniors and their caregivers. The aim of the meeting was to determine which of these models the team members could successfully advance to support the seniors, systems, and caregivers in our communities.

Alice Bonner, PhD, RN, FAAN, director of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing CAPABLE (Community Aging in Place – Advancing Better Living for Elders) Program, spoke about the program's work. While focusing on function and cost, Bonner said, CAPABLE links a registered nurse, handy worker, and occupational therapist together to create a network of care that helps aging adults live more safely and independently at home. The program has expanded beyond inner city Baltimore to more than 40 sites outside of Maryland. CAPABLE works alongside primary care professionals to augment primary care services.

JHF Chief Program Officer and COO Nancy Zionts, MBA, shared the CDC's public health strategy to create Dementia Ready Communities and Dementia Capable Systems of Care that address the growing prevalence of persons living with dementia and introduced a discussion on this strategy.

Jennifer H. Lingler, PhD, MA, CRNP, FAAN, professor and vice chair for research in health and community systems at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing and director of outreach, recruitment, and education at the University of Pittsburgh Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, then presented. She shared Pitt's ADRC specific aims in scientific innovation, training of physicians and other professionals, establishing cohorts of patients to recruit for clinical research, and promote collaborative research.

Steven Counsell, MD, executive director of the GRACE Team Care Program, and Dawn Butler, MSW, JD, director of the GRACE Training and Resource Center at Indiana University Geriatrics and the Indiana University School of Medicine, were the last presenters. They shared GRACE Team Care's track record of improving the health and quality of life of low-income seniors by working with patients in their homes and in their communities to manage health problems, track changing care needs, and leverage needed social services.

The Senior Living Full Court Press Team will meet twice more in 2022.

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