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Sustaining Chicago’s Informal Caregivers

Age Friendly Chicago The Buehler Center is pleased to share Sustaining Chicago’s Informal Caregivers: an Age-Friendly Approach by authors Rebecca Johnson, PhD, MSc, Amy Eisenstein, PhD, MA, Jonathon Hofacker, and Lara Boyken. This study, sponsored by The Washington Square Health Foundation, is a continuation of the City of Chicago’s baseline assessment of the Age-Friendliness for the Department of Family and Support Services. Adopting the WHO framework for understanding the barriers and facilitators to achieving an age-friendly city, it highlights the experiences of informal caregivers looking after loved ones over the age of 55. The goal of this study is to provide policy makers with evidence of informal caregiver priorities, experiences and needs. Until recently, the experiences and needs of this group have not been foregrounded by the age-friendly movement, although the WHO recognizes that informal caregivers are essential to the success of the initiative. Through data gathered from environmental literature scans, informal caregiver focus groups held throughout Chicago, community-based stakeholder interviews, and data from Age-Friendly Community Survey , this report provides insight into the experience of Chicago-area informal caregivers, their analysis of what makes Chicago Age-Friendly, and includes future policy suggestions.

Chicago Releases Age-Friendliness Report

Age Friendly Chicago Results of a baseline assessment of the city of Chicago’s Age-Friendliness, conducted by researchers at the Buehler Center and led by Rebecca Johnson, PhD, and Amy Eisenstein, PhD, are now available. This baseline assessment of the city’s assets and challenges for older adults includes information and opinions from over 2,600 participants in the form of both qualitative and quantitative data.

The 19th Annual James E. & Bonnie L. Eckenhoff Lecture and John & Gwen Smart Symposium

The Buehler Center is delighted to host the 2014 Eckenhoff lecture, “Spiritual Care: What Do Your Patients Want and What Difference Does it Make?” which will be presented by Tracy A. Balboni, MD, MPH. Dr. Balboni currently serves as an Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology at Harvard Medical School, and acts as Director of the Supportive and Palliative Radiation Oncology Service at the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center – a service dedicated to the palliative radiation therapy needs of cancer patients.

When: October 30, 2014
12:00-1:00pm Eckenhoff Lecture

Where: Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center
Hughes Family Auditorium, 1st floor
303 E. Superior Street, Chicago, IL 60611


Partnership for Patients Announces Impact of Efforts

Partnership for Patients Logo The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced that the efforts to reduce hospital-induced harm, including the Partnership for Patients of which PSEP is a partner with both the National Content Developer and the Joint Commission Resources Hospital Engagement Network, has prevented nearly 15,000 deaths in hospitals, avoided 560,000 patient injuries, and approximately $4 billion in health spending over 2011 and 2012. Additionally, the Medicare all-cause 30-day readmission rate has decreased from 18.5% to approximately 17.5% in 2013 after not experiencing any change from 2007 to 2011. PSEP’s partnership with the National Content Developer continues to September 2014, and the partnership with the JCR HEN continues until the end of 2014. Read more...