"If I knew I was going to live this long, I'd have taken better care of myself.” There’s no doubt this sentiment is shared by millions of Americans heading into their “golden” years.
Americans are living longer, according to a report published by the United States Census Bureau, which states that the average life expectancy is projected to increase from 79.7 in 2017 to 85.6 in 2060. This will impact our healthcare systems and their ability to provide reliable and safe care options during every stage of life.
Providence is taking steps to address this problem and has earned the designation as an Age-Friendly Health System. This designation was developed in partnership with the Health Research and Educational Trust, an affiliate of the American Hospital Association; the Catholic Health Association; the Institute for Healthcare Improvement; and The John A. Hartford Foundation. The initiative began with a shared goal among organizations to identify, develop, and follow a framework of best practices in caring for older adults.
Age-Friendly Health supports our mission to provide safe and effective care for the communities we serve, especially those who are poor and vulnerable.
Providence is one of the few pioneering health systems in the nation that initially engaged in this movement. Age-Friendly Health supports our mission to provide safe and effective care for the communities we serve, especially those who are poor and vulnerable. By following the 5Ms, we are demonstrating our commitment to providing outstanding, affordable services and strengthening our promise to care for the physical, spiritual, and emotional well-being of our communities through all stages of life.
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Age-friendly virtual event
Join us for a virtual event designed to energize, educate, and engage caregivers and colleagues in Providence's journey to becoming an Age-Friendly Health System. During this virtual symposium, pioneering partners Don Berwick, MD and Amy Berman, RN will join Providence leaders to discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on older adults, Providence's commitment to leading as an Age-Friendly Health System, and how we can leverage our "5Ms" framework to guide our way. Register here.
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The geriatric medicine specialists at Providence focus on your individual health goals and concerns to improve your overall quality of life at every stage. Through Providence Express Care Virtual, you can access a full range of healthcare services. If you need to find a doctor, you can use our provider directory or search for one in your area.
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U.S. Census Bureau Report: Living Longer: Historical and Projected Life Expectancy in the United States, 1960 to 2060
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