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National Advisory Board Issues 'Declaration for Independence': A Call-to-Action in Healthcare for Seniors and People with Disabilities
Date:5/5/2009

"In addition to the report issued today, we also are holding a Day of Dialogue, including our virtual town hall meeting, to broaden our call to action," Frieden said.

"The problem we face today is a critical limitation of options for care," Frieden added. "The social and economic consequences of providing only institutional options for care are antiquated at best. Given the growing number of aging Baby Boomers, the dramatic advances we have in technology and the increasing choices for independent living and care, now is the best time to ensure that our public policies catch up to the 21st century."

As the report cites, by 2030, the number of people age 65 and older will double. Today, the U.S. census bureau identifies 41.3 million Americans as having a disability, many of whom are individuals who eventually will need long-term services and support. Further, 87 percent of people with disabilities who are age 50 and older prefer to live in their own homes. For the cost of providing assistance in a nursing facility for one individual, nearly three seniors or people with disabilities can receive services in the communities where they live.

The NAB's report makes recommendations for changes based on the following six principles:

  1. Enhance Self-Care through Improved Coordination
  2. Encourage Community Integration and Involvement
  3. Expand Accessibility of Services and Supports
  4. Uphold Personal Preference
  5. Empower People to Participate in the Economic Mainstream
  6. Invest in Improved Technology.

To learn more, including downloading the full report or registering for the Day of Dialogue, visit www.declarationforindependence.org or '/>"/>

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