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MediCaring Communities: Getting What We Want and Need in Frail Old Age at an Affordable Cost

MediCaring Communities: Getting What We Want and Need in Frail Old Age at an Affordable Cost Published June, 2016 194 pages, 6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm) ISBN-10: 1481266918 List Price $9.95 at Amazon.com Americans want a long life and most of us will get to live into our 80’s and beyond, but we

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Paying The Price: Frailty is an Expensive Phase of Life

As millions of Americans reach old age, millions will experience the frailty that accompanies that time phase of life. And that price, really, can be a sticker shock when writ large over the lives of millions. People over the age of 65 account for a fair amount of the nation’s healthcare costs. For example, 13%

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The ElderBoard: Managing Care for Frail Elders

Health planning has been a long-running theme in American health policy, dating back to the 1940s. Seen by its advocates as a movement, such planning aimed to make widely available coordinated health facilities and services, especially hospitals. It also aimed to foster the orderly and efficient development of hospitals in order to meet each community’s

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The Case for Local Management in Care of Frail Elders

In 1980, American business discovered W. Edwards Deming and his quality improvement work in the Japanese automotive industry. In fact, that work helped to launch the application of Total Quality Management (TQM) strategies in the American healthcare system.In his final book, The New Economics, Deming outlined a way of seeing, a lens for looking at

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A Future So Bright? Or So Old? Challenges for an Aging America

As much  as we tell ourselves and each other that 80 is the new 60, or 60 is the new 40, we are kidding ourselves, and setting up a future in which the needs of very frail elders are unseen, misunderstood, and unmet. Popular culture and its pressure to be forever young  ignores the reality

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Multidisciplinary Teams and Holistic Care for Frail Elders

 For most of us, for most of our lives, healthcare involves doctor visits for routine and acute care, and sometimes visits to specialists when dealing with complex or advanced illness. To be sure, many of us also find health and healing beyond the walls of a clinic or the contents of a medicine cabinet—attention to

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Very Old Adults Will Need Enhanced Social Services to Balance Medical Care

Another in our series to build the MediCaring book. Judith R. Peres contributed significantly to this post. Please feel free to comment, expand, tell us what we’ve got right, and what we have missed. For decades, older adults have relied on the medical system to cure or treat what ails them; but those aging into

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The Very, Very Old: The Challenges of Increased Longevity

A new entry for our forthcoming book on the MediCaring model for care for frail elders.  Living to be very, very old–advanced old age, the oldest of the old–is not just middle age with gray hair.  It is not. And yet even though we know what is ahead,  very old age will come as a

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Sink or Swim: We Urgently Need Better Care for Frail Elders

This post is the first in a series aimed at describing MediCaring, a new, better, and more affordable model for providing medical care and social services to frail elders and their families. In the next several weeks, we plan to post dozens of articles describing why we need such change, and how to make it

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