Putting Patients at the center of their Health Care

HealthITBuzz logoHere is full text of an article by by by Jodi G. Daniel / JD MPH, Director of the Office of Policy and Planning at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. It is provided with full attribution and a link to the original article but without copyright concerns, because I believe it’s important enough to be promoted widely and don’t expect any complaints. If, however, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) asks me to remove it, I will surely do so.

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Technology and Collaboration for Quality Aging

By Dr. Joseph Coughlin at MIT (Copyright 2010)

Editor’s Note: This is an excerpt of an excerpt, based on an original essay by Joseph Cough­lin, Direc­tor of MIT Age­Lab. Coughlin’s essay was part of Longevity Rules: How to Age Well Into the Future, a collection of 34 essays by leading longevity experts that help pol­i­cy­mak­ers and the pub­lic bet­ter under­stand the aging expe­ri­ence.

Aging is not for wimps. Liv­ing well takes lots of work, even if liv­ing longer is now com­mon­. Longevity cre­ates new tasks or “jobs” for indi­vid­u­als, fam­i­lies, professional care­givers and pub­lic agen­cies. Technology can help, but it’s just part of the answer. It’s too often dri­ven by those who are pas­sion­ate about inven­tion but lack inno­va­tion – that is, putting ideas to prac­ti­cal use. The ques­tions that should be asked by pol­i­cy­mak­ers, busi­ness and the aging com­mu­nity are:
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Planning to Retire Right Where You Are

By Linda Stern, Reuters, 3/11/2011

Most boomers say they don’t want to retire and move to Florida or Arizona or even Belize. They want to stay where they are, near family and friends and in the home that they already know and love.

That may not work out for the whole generation: Their kids might move away, or the expensive suburban neighborhoods that served them well when they were working might prove too taxing once they start cashing in their 401(k) accounts. Some may change their plans. But anyone giving serious thought to retiring – and ultimately aging – in place, can make that outcome more likely if they start planning in advance.

“Don’t just leave it to chance,” says Peter Bell, a reverse mortgage advocate and also head of the National Aging In Place Council, a coalition of businesses that sell to seniors. “Waiting until you’re in your 80s is a mistake.”

So lay that groundwork now. You could always move later. Here are some pointers.
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