Online Program

SESSION ABSTRACT: Policy and Systems-Level Interventions to Support Caregivers of Older Adults

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 5:50 p.m. - 6:10 p.m.

William Satariano, PhD, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
Lynn Shaull, MA, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, Arlington, VA
Elizabeth Walker Romero, MS, ASTHO, Arlington, VA
Lisa F Waddell, MD, MPH, Community Health and Prevention, ASTHO, Arlington, VA
In 2012, more than 15 million caregivers provided an estimated 17.5 billion hours of care to people with dementia, and 25% of adults over 18 reported providing care or assistance to one with long-term illness or disabilities in the past 30 days. However, caregiving puts individuals at risk for injury and emotion strain. While many researchers have focused on individual-level interventions for caregivers, this session will highlight a systematic review of the best and promising policy and systems-level interventions to support caregivers’ health. One example is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), which recognizes the need to include family caregivers as partners to formal service providers, and promoting new models of care to improve care transitions, coordinate care, and test concurrent care for Medicare beneficiaries.  Additional policies include the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and other paid leave and workplace policies; Medicaid waiver programs and Medicaid funding to pay family caregivers; and systematic caregiver assessments as key component of chronic care delivery, as well as during hospital discharge process. Care coordination is another key systems-level intervention and may include interventions to link multiple community-based and clinical care services and support or using social workers or nurses interacting with caregivers, the healthcare system, and community services. This session will discuss the state of the science around policy/systems-level interventions that require cross-sector collaboration and have significant potential for improving caregiver health at the population-level.

Learning Areas:

Administration, management, leadership
Advocacy for health and health education
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related public policy
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Describe key population-level strategies for successfully promoting the health of caregivers of older adults.

Keyword(s): Public Health Policy

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been working in the field of research for older adults for around 5 years and closely involved with and managing this project.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.