Addressing the Personal and Social Needs of Older Adults
Sponsored by UnitedHealthcare.
Tuesday, March 24 | 2:00–4:30 PM
Providers, health plans and states are growing more aware of the connection between individual, community and social factors and health. Living under constant stress, or in a toxic environment, is a severe detriment to good health. Housing instability, unstable social networks, financial uncertainty, and/or trauma and stress all have an impact. Numerous studies have highlighted that these factors contribute significantly more to an individual’s health and well-being than do healthcare and genetics. Though many of these personal and social needs are common across all populations, the aging population presents with some unique factors when considering how to address these needs.
Community-based organizations and managed care plans are individually and in partnership implementing a broad range of strategies to address these personal and social needs of older adults. Though policy has provided some support for these efforts, there are still outstanding shifts needed both in Medicaid and Medicare to support the needed integration of personal, social and healthcare services for our aging population.
During this Summit, UnitedHealthcare will lead a discussion among key stakeholders representing the public, private and nonprofit sectors about the policy and program opportunities currently emerging to meet the unique social needs of older adults, how a future focus on personal determinants of health can help individuals age strong, and the role of cross-sector partnerships in effectively serving the needs of our growing aging population.