This chapter from “A Call to Action for Health Reform” describes the extent of chronic illness in America and its implications for the health care system. Four out of five Americans over the age of 50 suffer from at least one chronic condition.  The authors include information on particular chronic illnesses along with strategies for successful care management.

This report from the Primary Health Care Advisory Group in Australia details the evidence for change and makes recommendations for the broad adoption of a new model of care and reforms to better meet the needs of those with chronic and complex health care needs. Many insights and recommendations may prove insightful for providers in other parts of the world.

This Australian report gives a comprehensive look at the need to focus on older people with chronic health conditions, what factors contribute to problems for these people, how care can be improved and suggestions for moving forward.

This report is an outcome of the project ICARE4EU and provides an overview of how European countries are coping with the challenges of multimorbidity, different integrated care programmes, methodological considerations and implications.  

This report reviews the impact of depression on the lives of older adults in Canada and the Chronic Care Model (CCM) as a framework for improving the management of conditions like depression. The authors set out to identify barriers and facilitators to the implementation of chronic care intervention models for late-life depression in different Canadian primary care settings and then to test and evaluate strategies to overcome those barriers. 

This article discusses strategies for improving adherence to treatment plans which includes the promotion of simplified medical regimes, the use of aids and more.

This study by CIHI  (Canadian Institute for Health Information) examined the reported experiences of seniors in Canada being treated for chronic conditions in primary health care settings.

The investigators used data from the 2005 Canadian Community Health Survey to focus on individuals who reported having one or more high-prevalence or high-impact chronic health condition to report on prevalence rates for specific chronic conditions, the prevalence of co-morbidity as well as health care use. They found that more than half of seniors who have chronic conditions reported more than one long-term health problem. The investigators state there is a need for better prevention and management of chronic conditions.

January 23, 2018 from 1-2pm EST join host Mark Cabaj while he talks with Micael Quinn Patton, one of the world's greatest evaluation pioneers and author of "Principles-Focused Evaluation: The GUIDE". Register here.

In collaboration with the Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat, Elder Abuse Ontario and Western University invite you to be part of a provincial initiative to engage our citizens in challenging social norms and encouraging bystander interventions in support of at-risk seniors.

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