TOPIC: Lesson 7 Substance Use in Older Adults
Lesson 7 Discussion (250 words or one page).
Please review the readings attached and consider the following in your discussion response:
• What do Social Workers need to be aware of relating to substance use in older adults?
• What are some considerations for a Social Worker who has concerns about an older adult’s use of substances?
• Did any information in the readings/video surprise you?
• As a Social Worker, what questions would you want to ask an older adult client you are working with to determine if there are any substance use concerns?
Lesson 7 Reading & Video Resources
The Scope of Substance Use in Older Adults- https://nida.nih.gov/publications/drugfacts/substance-use-in-older-adults-drugfacts
Substance Use Disorder in Older Adults: A Growing Threat-https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/articles/substance-use-disorders-in-older-adults-a-growing-threat
Drug Use, Misuse and Dependence in Older Adults- https://www.hazeldenbettyford.org/education/bcr/addiction-research/older-adults-drug-abuse-ru-315
TOPIC: Lesson 8 Older Adults and Finances
Lesson 8 Discussion(250 words or one page).
Please review the readings attached and consider the following in your discussion response:
· Please share your thoughts after reviewing the readings.
· What are some of the financial challenges for older adults and their families?
· What are the gaps in resources needed to support this population?
· Did you learn about any new financial resources for older adults?
· As a Social Worker, how could you help support your older adult clients who are experiencing financial difficulties?
Lesson 8 Assignment
For this assignment, please contact a local assisted living community, nursing home, board and care, memory care facility, etc. and inquire about the following:
· What is the pricing for care at the facility and what is included in that price? Does the facility take Medicare, Medicaid, Private Insurance, or Private Pay? Do they offer any other financial assistance?
Please follow the outline below for your work:
· Introduction relating to the facility you contacted and your experience in obtaining information.
· Provide information about the pricing of the facility based on care and any particular insurance accepted and/or financial assistance offered.
· What are some of the challenges an older adult or their family may face financially in looking for out-of-home care? What about a single older adult without any family?
This should be approximately one page and include high-quality writing. Please include a title page and double-check all spelling and grammar before submitting. Also, please make sure to cite all relevant information and include references as appropriate.
Lesson 8 Reading & Video Resources
CFB: Working with Older Adults- https://www.consumerfinance.gov/consumer-tools/educator-tools/resources-for-older-adults/
Money for Older Adults- https://www.ncoa.org/older-adults/money
The Financial Situations of Older Adults- https://www.jchs.harvard.edu/sites/default/files/harvard_jchs_housing_growing_population_2016_chapter_4.pdf
Financial Independence for Older Adults-https://www.socialworktoday.com/archive/Winter21p18.shtml
Paying for Care- https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/paying-care
Jean Galiana &
William A. Haseltine
Solutions to the Most
Challenges of Aging
Jean Galiana • William A. Haseltine
Solutions to the Most Pressing Global
Challenges of Aging
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William A. Haseltine
ACCESS Health International
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This book is a product of ACCESS Health International (www.accessh.
org). ACCESS Health is a think tank, advisory group, and implementa-
tion partner dedicated to assuring that everyone, no matter where they
live and no matter what their age, has access to high-quality affordable
healthcare. ACCESS Health works in low-, middle-, and high-income
countries. In high-income countries, our focus is on care of older adults
and those with dementia. This book identifies and analyzes policies and
practices in the United States that serve as models of excellence in elder
care and optimal aging. We chose the title Aging Well because we believe
that well-being should be the number one focus of all aging care, sup-
ports, and interventions. A companion book Aging with Dignity exam-
ines similar topics in Sweden and several Northern European countries.
Our method was to identify organizations in the United States that
exemplify the best in elder care and optimal aging. We then interviewed
the leaders and champions of those organizations and programs. The full
text of the interviews is available on the ACCESS Health website or at
this link: www.accessh.org/agingwell. Here, we analyze our findings and
present them in the broader context of elder and dementia care and social
inclusion. Our focus areas include long-term care financing, person-
centered care, coordinated primary care, home-based palliative and pri-
mary care, support for those living with dementia and their caregivers,
acute and emergency care in the home and community, the combination
of health and social care that addresses the social determinants of health,
and housing, social inclusion, purpose, and lifelong learning.
From these interviews we abstract eight key lessons for achieving high-
quality affordable elder care and effective systems that support social
inclusion and purposeful aging. Those lessons are:
• The availability of affordable long-term care insurance is essential to
improve access and sustain the costs of caring for older adults.
• Person-centered care is a lynchpin of high-quality care and well-being
for older adults.
• Support and palliative care in the home and community setting is
essential for making care accessible to older adults that honors their
care and late-life priorities.
• Coordinated primary healthcare improves elder care quality and acces-
sibility and lowers healthcare costs.
• It is imperative that we build systems of support and inclusion for
those with dementia and their caregivers.
• Delivery of acute and hospital-level care in the home and community
is essential to lower healthcare costs and improve access, health out-
comes, and well-being for older adults.
• Social inclusion and the opportunity to live a purposeful life are essen-
tial to the happiness and well-being of older adults.
• Combining health and social care with upstream interventions to treat
the biopsychosocial and environmental needs is the way forward to
sustainable systems of care that improve function, well-being, and
The book identifies and details global aging challenges and, chapter by
chapter, offers innovative and impactful solutions to those challenges that
our interviewees have designed. It is our genuine hope that providers and
government entities around the globe that are seeking methods to improve
their elder care and social support systems will find ideas, inspiration, and
possibly collaborative opportunities to enhance the well-being of older adults.
Los Angeles, CA Jean Galiana
New York, NY William A. Haseltine
We thank all those who contributed their time and thought to help us
understand the issues facing older adults and what can be done to ensure
that all have access to high-quality affordable care and the opportunity to
live productive and active lives.
Claude Thau patiently described the rocky history of the long-term
care insurance industry and why many still do not have long-term care
We learned the true meaning of patient-centered care culture from
Christopher Perna, the former CEO and President of the Eden Alternative.
Rebecca Priest from St. John’s explained how to build an operational
culture around person-centered philosophies.
The leadership of Beatitudes Campus brought the person-centered
concept to a new light with their Comfort Matters™ palliative care for
those living with dementia.
Dr. Allen Power made us think about the possibility of not segregating
those who have dementia from the rest of the community.
They all convinced us that person-centered communication and care is
almost always a better option than the use of antipsychotic medications
to meet the needs of someone living with dementia.
Dr. Allan Teel of Full Circle America, Dr. Diane E. Meier of the Center
to Advance Palliative Care, and Dr. Kristofer Smith of Northwell Health
inspired us with their dedication to enabling aging in place and where
patients receive the right care in the right setting and live with dignity
throughout their life.
Kristofer and Allan have been making house calls for all of their careers
because they know that it improves access to care, costs less, and signifi-
cantly contributes to the well-being of their patients.
Allan connects his patients to local supports and services so that his
patients stay engaged and connected to their neighborhoods.
Diane remains vigilant in her pursuit to make palliative care available
in all care settings.
Drs. Michael Barr and Erin Giovannetti of the National Committee
for Quality Assurance gave us a compelling case for the patient-centered
medical home to improve coordinated efficient primary care.
The Director of the James J. Peters VA Medical Center, Dr. Erik
Langhoff, uses technology to improve access to high-quality care for
Dr. Mark Prather and Kevin Riddleberger with DispatchHealth and
Dr. Kristofer Smith with Northwell Health are proof positive that deliv-
ering acute medical care in the home and community improves access
and quality at a fraction of the cost.
Dr. Bruce Leff with Johns Hopkins School of Medicine showed us that
providing hospital-level care in the home to patients who qualify can
reduce care costs and produce higher-quality health outcomes.
Timothy Peck, Garrett Gleeson, and XiaoSong Mu with Call9 are con-
tributing to the well-being of patients living in skilled nursing by provid-
ing technology-enabled emergency care and palliative care around the
Dr. Mary Mittelman with the NYU Caregiver Intervention has proven
the value of supporting the informal caregiver for someone living with
Jed Levine and Elizabeth Santiago tirelessly support those in the early
stages of dementia and their caregivers with their vigorous programs at
Davina Porock impressed upon us the importance of the built envi-
ronment of the hospital for those living with dementia.
Karen Love and Jackie and Lon Pinkowitz remind us of the vital
importance of fighting the stigma of dementia with thoughtful
community conversations. They also noted the importance of involving
those with dementia in policy and program design.
Brian LeBlanc shared his journey of living for dementia and his stories
about his impactful advocacy efforts.
June Simmons with the Partners in Care Foundation impressed upon
us the need to combine social care and healthcare and address social
determinants of health through evidence-based prevention programs.
Sarah Szanton with CAPABLE proved that it is possible to improve
function in frail older adults by providing home modifications with nurs-
ing and occupational care to support the goals and priorities of
Joani Blank invited us into her home at the Swan’s Market cohousing
community in Oakland, California. We spent a half-day seeing how
cohousing promotes community inclusion and multigenerational
Rebecca Priest with St. John’s and the management of Beatitudes
Campus regaled us with stories of resident-run activities that facilitate
productive living and generativity.
Anne Doyle surprised us with the amount of lifelong learning and
intergenerational connections taking place at Lasell Village, a retirement
community on the campus of a college.
Mia Oberlink formerly with the Center for Home Care Policy and
Research impressed the importance of involving older adults in the design
of all initiatives that serve them. Ruth Finkelstein formerly with the
Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center and the International Longevity
Centre USA is committed to ensuring that employers who retain and
attract older employees are honored so others will follow suit. Ruth and
Dorian Block are combating the stigma of aging by telling the stories of
older adults who exceeded life expectancy in New York City and are liv-
ing vibrant productive lives.
Lindsay Goldman with Age-Friendly NYC expressed the need for
public and private partnerships to make environments accessible to those
of all ages and abilities. She explained that older adults must be consid-
ered in all areas of city planning and policy making.
Emi Kiyota showed us how multigenerational community hubs con-
tribute to resilience after natural disasters and serve as places of produc-
tive engagement and social inclusion.
Dr. Paul Tang, formerly with the Director of the David Druker Center
for Health Systems Innovation, uses social connections as a form of
health prevention by connecting patients to a timebank where they
exchange tasks and teaching of hobbies and new skills.
Our research was supported by the William A. Haseltine Charitable
ACCESS Health International is an independent, nonprofit think tank
that works for the provision of high-quality, affordable care for all, includ-
ing the chronically ill. Our method is to identify, analyze, and document
best practices in helping people and to consult with public and private
providers to help implement new and better cost-effective ways to offer
care. We also encourage entrepreneurs to create new businesses to serve
the needs of this rapidly expanding population. Our goal is to inspire and
guide healthcare professionals and legislative leaders in all countries to
improve care for their own people.
About ACCESS Health International
1 Demographics 1
2 Healthcare in the United States 7
3 Long-Term Care Financing 19
4 Person-Centered Long-Term Care 29
5 Home-Based Palliative Care and Aging in Place and
6 Coordinated Primary Care 79
7 Emergency Medicine and Hospital Care in the Home and
8 Support for Those Living with Dementia and Their
9 Merging Health and Social Services 139
10 Purpose and Social Inclusion 159
11 Eight Lessons for Social Inclusion and High-Quality
Sustainable Elder Care 203
William A. Haseltine, PhD He is the Chair and President of ACCESS Health
International. He was a professor at Harvard Medical School and Harvard
School of Public Health from 1976 to 1993, where he was founder and the chair
of two academic research departments, the Division of Biochemical Pharmacology
and the Division of Human Retrovirology. He is well known for his pioneering
work on cancer, HIV/AIDS, and genomics. He has authored more than 200
manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and is the author of several books, includ-
ing Aging with Dignity: Innovation and Challenge in Sweden and Affordable
Excellence: The Singapore Healthcare Story.
Jean Galiana, MASM, RCFE In her role at ACCESS Health International,
Jean Galiana successfully promoted key messages about elder care and optimal
aging to engage policy makers, healthcare providers, the general public, and
stakeholders. She managed qualitative research projects to discover, document,
and advocate for best practices in aging in the United States. Currently Jean works
in communications and survey research for Vital Research in Los Angeles,
CA. She obtained her undergraduate degree in business from Lehman College
and holds a master’s degree in aging services management from the University of
Southern California Leonard Davis School of Gerontology.
About the Authors
Fig. 1.1 Rectangularization of the global aging pyramid from 1970 to
Fig. 1.2 Global distribution of population 65 and over in 2015 and
2050. Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2013, 2014a, 2014b;
International Data Base, U.S. population estimates, and U.S.
population projections 3
Fig. 1.3 Potential support ratios by region, 2015, 2030, and 2050.
Source: UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs 4
Fig. 3.1 Growth in demand for LTSS. Source: Bipartisan Policy Center 20
Fig. 4.1 Green House at Penfield 36
Fig. 4.2 Penfield Green House Great Room 36
Fig. 4.3 Mr. H’s binder 40
Fig. 4.4 St. John’s to traditional skilled nursing regional comparison 42
Fig. 5.1 Palliative care gap 70
Fig. 8.1 CaringKind entrance welcome 121
Fig. 8.2 MedicAlert® bracelet and necklace 128
Fig. 9.1 Results of HomeMeds PLUS Pilot Program. Source: Partners
in Care Foundation 147
Fig. 10.1 AdvantAge Initiative. Age-friendly Measures 176
List of Figures
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The commitment of ACCESS Health International to elder care and
optimal aging is fueled by the global change in demographics. The popu-
lation over 60 is expected to double to 22 percent, reaching 2.1 billion
from 2000 to 2050.1 The demographic shift is attributed to increased life
span, lower mortality rates, declining immigration rates, and lower fertil-
ity rates. Figure 1.1 is an example of the rectangularization process from
1970 to 2060.
The 100-year shift that began in 1950 is only 17 years past its mid-
point.2 By 2060, the pyramid will resemble a dome shape. Some predict
that it will morph into the shape of a rectangle3 because, in many coun-
tries, the oldest old (85+) population is growing the fastest.4 The global
population of those 85–99 is projected to increase by 151 percent from
2005 to 2050, while the population of those 100+ is expected to increase
by more than 400 percent5 (Table 1.1).
The demographic shift is occurring at varying rates throughout the
world (Fig. 1.2). The United Nations reported that, in 2015, almost 25
percent of the world’s population 60 and over lived in China and that
only four other countries account for another 25 percent including the
United States, Japan, India, and the Russian Federation.6 The projected
growth rate for the over 60 population also varies from country to coun-
try, but is expected to continue to grow globally until 2060.
Potential Support Ratio
One result of the demographic shift is that there will be substantially
more older people who need care and fewer younger people to provide
the care. This care conundrum is reflected in the potential support ratio—
the number of workers (age 15–65) to the number of retirees (65+). The
potential support ratio has been declining substantially from 2000 to
2050 (Fig. 1.3).
With the shrinking potential support ratio, who will care for the grow-
ing number of older adults? Immigration is one answer, but the overarch-
ing response should be that healthcare and social support systems become
Fig. 1.1 Rectangularization of the global aging pyramid from 1970 to 2060
Table 1.1 Projected global population increase by age group 2005–2050
Age Percent increase (%)
Source: National Institute of Aging
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Fig. 1.2 Global distribution of population 65 and over in 2015 and 2050. Source:
U.S. Census Bureau, 2013, 2014a, 2014b; International Data Base, U.S. population
estimates, and U.S. population projections
more efficient to meet the significant needs of this cohort. Informal
caregivers make invaluable contributions, but they cannot meet the com-
plex care needs of the growing older population. This care gap is further
magnified when considering the rates of comorbidity and cognitive and
functional limitations of the older population.
We will begin with some facts about healthcare in the United States
and then describe solutions to the challenges we have laid out.
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Research Center. http://www.pewresearch.org/next-america/age-pyramid/.
Accessed March 2016.
Fig. 1.3 Potential support ratios by region, 2015, 2030, and 2050. Source: UN
Department of Economic and Social Affairs
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4. National Institute on Aging. Why population aging matters: A global per-
spective. Trend 3: rising numbers of the oldest old. https://www.nia.nih.
3-rising-numbers-oldest-old. Accessed January 10, 2016.
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Division (2015). World Population Ageing 2015 (ST/ESA/SER.A/390).
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Healthcare in the United States
United States Health Spending and Outcomes
The health spending of the United States is the highest among the OECD
countries. It was 2.5 times greater than the OECD average in 2013.1
Health spending accounted for 16.4 percent of the gross domestic prod-
uct in 20132 and, in 2020, it is projected to represent 20 percent.3 By
2040 it is estimated that one third of all spending in the United States
will be on healthcare.4,5 Despite all of the spending, the health of
Americans lags behind. This is, in large part, a result of America divesting
from prevention and health promotion programs. Another contributing
factor to such poor health outcomes is that the United States does not
invest enough in building robust systems of primary care.6 Although the
United States spends close to the same amount as other Western coun-
tries on healthcare and social supports combined, the United States
spends proportionately less on social services and more on healthcare to
treat people after they become ill7 from what are often preventable dis-
eases. Adults in the United States are more likely than adults in other
developed nations to forgo necessary healthcare because they cannot
afford the cost.8 From 2010 to 2012, 54 percent of people with chronic
illness reported that cost was a barrier for them to access care. The patients
surveyed reported that they skipped medications, treatments, and doctor
visits because they could not afford the cost.9 Life expectancy is shorter in
the United States than most OECD countries. As of 2013 life expectancy
in the United States was 78.8, while the OECD average was 80.5.10 In
2014 the Commonwealth Fund ranked the United States healthcare last
among 11 countries.11,12 The measures included access, equity, quality,
efficiency, and healthy lives. Because of these findings, the government
and many health systems in the United States are creating new care mod-
els to address the issues of healthcare access, quality (including patient
satisfaction), and cost. Many of these innovations are designed to serve
older adults because the older cohort interacts with the healthcare system
more than others.
Our ultimate goal, after all, is not a good death, but a good life to the very
end. (Atul Gawande, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Mat