Dates of Project: 2010 to 2013
Field of Work: Preventive health services for people aged 50 and over
Problem Synopsis: Fewer than 26 to 27 percent of adults aged 50 to 64—and fewer than 50 percent of those over age 65—are up to date on preventive health screenings and vaccinations.
Synopsis of the Work: Sickness Prevention Achieved through Regional Collaboration (SPARC) conducted research and planning for a new program, 5over50, to spur older adults to tap five key preventive services: flu and pneumonia vaccines, cancer screenings, screenings for cardiovascular disease, preventive medications and healthy behavior counseling.
Key Recommendations for the New Program: Interviews with older adults across the country that revealed key motivators for the use of preventive services led the project team to recommend that 5over50 should: