What if Nearly Everything We Think We Know About Aging is Wrong?

That’s the question Dr. Bill Thomas posed during his Age of Disruption tour. Think about that question for a moment. What do you think the current aging experience looks like? What is that answer based on? Personal experience, professional judgement? Perhaps a little of both.

It’s an open-ended question that really has no answer. It’s meant to spark a conversation about aging, to disrupt what we think we know about it and come together to envision a new aging and ‘reinvent’ as Bill says, what it means to be old. At Homespire, we believe our seniors play a very valuable role as contributing members of society. We also believe it’s time to change the experience they currently face.

What we know (from a study in the New England Journal of Medicine): after an initial incident, 1 in 5 seniors are rehospitalized within 30 days; 1 in 3 within 90 days. These repeat hospitalizations are creating a cycle of readmissions putting seniors on what we call the ‘roller coaster of health care crisis’ sending them in and out of the hospital and losing a piece of themselves each time they do. What we want is to reach Triple Aim – improve the overall health of our senior population, reduce cost of healthcare and most importantly, improve the experience they receive. In a recent article in the Washington Post, Dr. Thomas points to the need to create a rich set of community-based alternatives. Why? Because what he and Homespire have learned is that we need to humanize the care our seniors receive and create better opportunities for them to ‘spark’ their lives.

We talk a lot about ‘sparking lives’ at Homespire and it’s because it’s what we believe is missing in the aging experience. We put so much emphasis on the medical or diagnosis that we forget to look at the whole person and incorporate so much of who they are into the care plan. In fact, 90% of health outcomes are due to factors that are not related to healthcare – people want to live with purpose and passion which contributes to higher client engagement in their care – and it’s this key piece that has led us to reveal proven results that show how a different aging experience produces better health outcomes.

But it’s a conversation that’s just now starting to resonate with healthcare providers. We are part of the conversation that works towards disrupting aging for our seniors and offer thought-provoking dialogue that looks at aging in a proactive way, rather than reactive; and long-term, not short-term.

 

For us, we want to spark lives and disrupt aging. What about you? How do you think we can disrupt aging and do you think it’s necessary? Join the conversation…