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The Long Term Care Discussion Group

A voluntary independent group that meets solely for the purpose
of educating the policy community on all facets of long term care

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
10:00 – 11:00 am EST

2519 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC
Main Conference Room
(One block from Woodley Park Metro Stop)
(Coffee and light refreshments)

Dial in: 1 (240) 669-5802
Code: 944894#

Project CAPABLE: Helping Low Income Seniors Safely Age in Place
Speaker: Sarah Szanton
Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

This session will take a look at CAPABLE, a project developed by the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing that allows low income seniors to age in place. The approach teams a nurse, an occupational therapist, and a handyman to address the home environment and uses the strengths of older adults themselves to improve safety and independence.

Enabling older individuals to remain at home and maximize their independence can help improve their quality of life and save money. People with functional limitations and chronic conditions are more than four times more likely than the general population to be among the five percent costliest users of health services. Many live at home, in the community. Yet how they function in their daily lives is often looked by the medical system.
CAPABLE improves health outcomes and lowers costs. CAPABLE has been demonstrated to:
Provide seven times return on investment. A $3,000 investment in the program yielded a $22,000 savings on medical costs.
Cut functional limitations in half. Participants had an average of 3.9 (of eight) activity of daily living needs at baseline, compared to two after five months.
Reduce symptoms of depression. Symptoms of depression, as well as the ability to grocery shop and manage medications improved.
Improve motivation. Changes in the physical environment motivate participants and enable them to thrive at home.
The CAPABLE program has been shown to be replicable.  (See below for more information)
Sarah L. Szanton PhD, ANP, FAAN is a Professor and Director of the Center for Innovative Care in Aging at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. She holds a joint appointment in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She tests interventions to reduce health disparities among older adults. Her work particularly focuses on ways to help older adults “age in place” as they grow older. These include ways to improve the social determinants of health such as modifying housing and improving access to food. In 2016, she was named to the PBS Organization’s “Next Avenue 2016 Influences in Aging” a list of thought-leaders who are changing how we age and think about aging in America. Szanton completed undergraduate work in African-American Studies at Harvard University and earned a bachelor’s degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. She holds a nurse practitioner master’s degree from the University of Maryland and a doctorate from Johns Hopkins University. She is Core Faculty at the Center on Aging and Health, the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions and Adjunct Faculty with the Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy. She has been by funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Innovation Center, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the John A. Hartford Foundation, the Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation, and the AARP Foundation.

RSVP to ltcdiscussiongroup@gmail.com. Please indicate whether you will attend by phone or in person. RSVP 24 hours in advance is required for admittance due to building security.

For those participating by telephone, the meeting materials (once available) will be posted at our website: http://www.ltcdiscussiongroup.org on the PRESENTATION MATERIALS page. Telephone dial-in information is provided above.
Click on the links to review these and other evaluation findings:


Long Term Care Discussion Group Co-Chairs:
Susan Coronel, John Cutler, Melissa Favreault, Wendy Fox-Grage,
Ruth Katz, Karl Polzer, and Eileen J. Tell

Long Term Care Discussion Group meetings are intended as forums for candid discussion. Dialogue and comments made during these meetings should be treated as off the record.

For more information about the Long Term Care Discussion Group, and to access materials and information from previous meetings, visit www.ltcdiscussiongroup.org
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