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Launch of New 'Independent Aging' Company Will Address the Needs of the Growing Senior Population
Date:12/15/2008

Univita Health will provide an integrated approach to home-based care and support.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Dec. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The launch of a new company aimed at promoting and supporting a home-centered approach to independent aging was announced today. Univita Health is introducing new programs and innovating existing services to help individuals maintain independence at home as they age.

"Due to falling birthrates and increased life expectancy, the ratio of people over age 65 to those of working age is rising rapidly," said L. Ben Lytle, Chairman of Univita. "This population shift presents enormous challenges in how to provide and pay for the health care of an older population by a smaller workforce. The only solution is to deliver care to seniors in their homes with fewer professionals."

Univita was created to address this opportunity by transforming the home into a place to age safely, monitor and receive care, and live an entire life with dignity.

"The majority of health care spending for the aging population goes towards institutional care such as hospitals and nursing homes," said Hugh Lytle, President and Chief Executive Officer of Univita. "By extending an individual's ability to maintain their life and care at home, we can improve quality of life and lower costs."

In addition to directly servicing in-home care needs such as home health care, infusion therapy and providing home medical equipment, Univita is developing a virtual marketplace for individuals to find a range of associated products and services. Univita is also applying unique technologies to improve communication between patients, families, caregivers and physicians.

Univita plans to assist individuals and families by providing personalized assessments and decision support tools including financial planning and support. As part of this strategy, Univita has merged
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