Nearly 4 in 10 older adults have some difficulty performing at least one activity of daily living (ADL) such as bathing, dressing, or walking. These difficulties are associated with poor quality of life, depression, and high healthcare costs. Being dependent on family or a paid aide for these basic functional tasks is costly to families and society.Medicaid finances the medication, outpatient visits, inpatient copayments, and long‐term care of 4.6 million low‐income older adults. Medicaid also pays for the healthcare use relating to functional difficulties through hospitalizations and nursing home admissions. Medicaid currently accounts for 24.5% of state budgets, which it is likely will rise as the number of older adults increases because of population aging. Currently accounting for 24.5% of state budgets, this amount will likely rise as the number of older adults increases. Low‐income older adults are of policy interest because they have poor health outcomes that affect state budgets and federal spending through Medicare and the federal match to state Medicaid spending.To address functional difficulties and medical costs, we designed the Community Aging in Place, Advancing Better Living for Elders (CAPABLE) program. CAPABLE extends a successful program called Advancing Better Living for Elders (ABLE), which improved ADL
Journal of American Geriatrics Society – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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