In April 2008 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) issued a report, Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce, which calls for fundamental reform in the way that care is delivered to older adults and puts forth a plan to help ensure that the health care workforce is sufficient in both size and skill to handle the needs of a new generation of older Americans.
The report was the product of a 15-month effort by the institute’s Committee on the Future Health Care Workforce for Older Americans.
Focus attention by requiring an annual report to Congress on the health care workforce devoted to serving older Americans.
Enhance the geriatric competence of the health care workforce through changes in training, licensing and certification.
Increase the recruitment and retention of geriatric specialists and caregivers through financial incentives.
Promote the development and dissemination of more efficient and effective models of care for elder Americans.
Partners in Caregiving: The Dementia Services Program
Partners in Caregiving: The Dementia Services Program was a 4.5-year, $2.5-million national program to build on the lessons from a prior program called the Dementia Care and Respite Services Program.
Building Health Systems for People with Chronic Illnesses
From 1992 through 2002, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) funded Building Health Systems for People With Chronic Illnesses.
Active for Life: Increasing Physical Activity Levels in Adults Age 50 and Older
Active for Life studied how to deliver and sustain research-based physical activity programs in real-world settings so that large numbers of older Americans could benefit from them.