Health Care & Aging Part 1: New Models of Care for Chronically Ill Seniors - March 21, 2017
In the first of a three part series, Dr. K. Eric De Jonge, Director of Geriatrics, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, spoke about innovative home-based health care delivery to frail, ill, elderly patients.
Dr. De Jonge leads a Medicare-funded demonstration project that brings multi-disciplinary, coordinated and integrated in-home care to elderly people who have severe chronic illnesses. The program’s goal is to improve the quality of care and the quality of life for these individuals while saving money for Medicare. Dr. De Jonge discussed the challenges in caring for these individuals under the current healthcare system, how this demonstration works, and the initial results.
Dr. De Jonge Medical Talk Part 1
Dr. De Jonge Medical Talk Part 2
Health Care & Aging Part 2: When Times Get Tough: Facing Chronic Illness and End-of-Life Care - June 1, 2017
Despite advance directives, elderly patients, their families, and their caregivers often struggle with medical intervention decisions as the end of life approaches. Dr. Christina Prather, specialist in geriatrics and palliative care at George Washington University Hospital, led a discussion of the medical and ethical issues surrounding end-of-life care. A short documentary, "The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner," was shown at the beginning of the program.
Dr. Prather emphasized the importance of older adults to choose a health care agent, documenting personal wishes for end of life care, and assuring that the health care agent and other close parties (family or near-family) understand these directives.
Dr. Prather has provided the following relevant documents.
Selecting a Health Care Agent
Worse than Death
The Agent's Understanding
Health Decisions - External Resources
Strategies for Supporting Your Brain - February 13, 2018
Marti Bailey, the Director of the Sibley Hospital Senior Association and Community Health discussed a common concern among seniors: whether our brains are failing us and how to deal with the some of the all-too-familiar frustrations.
Ms. Bailey's slides and notes from the presentation are available for your review.