STAT News has published an article, "U.S. Hospitals Ignore Improving Elder Care. That’s a Mistake."

"In the 21st century, health care is to elderhood as education is to childhood. But we don’t see bond measures for the “construction, expansion, renovation, and equipping” of hospitals to optimize care of old people, an investment that would surely benefit Americans of all ages....In 2014, Americans over age 74 had the highest rate of hospital stays, followed by those in their late 60s and early 70s. Remarkably, hospitals aren’t designed with elders in mind."

The article talks about innovations to make hospitals safer and more welcoming, and describes how "a collaboration of industry leaders, including the American Hospital Association, The John A. Hartford Foundation, and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, has launched an age-friendly health system initiative."


To read the article, click here.
To learn more about the Age-Friendly Health Systems initiative, click here.