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  • As more adults continue to live until older ages they will have a greater reliance on the formal aging care system and continue to use a large proportion of healthcare resources
  • From 2000 to 2010, the US 65+ population grew 15.1% compared to the total population that grew 9.7%1
  • CDC estimates that adults who make it to 65 can expect to live for 19 more years, 14 of those in relatively good health2
  • Adults 65 years and older comprise over 12% of the population of Philadelphia1
  • In 2002, 19% of Philadelphia’s seniors 65+ lived in poverty, compared to 11% of seniors in the state of Pennsylvania3
  • Affordable Care Act new requirement for 501 (c)(3) hospitals:

conduct a community health needs assessment (CHNA) and adopt an implementation strategy at least once every three years

  • An awareness of geriatric needs by health and social service planners and the city government will help focus on the areas where resources and services need to be allocated

Research Question: What are the specific needs of the older population in Philadelphia that need to be addressed in order to facilitate successful aging?

Study Objectives:

Conduct a small-scale needs assessment of the geriatric population in Philadelphia

Lay the groundwork for:

Development of more targeted surveys and assessment tools for future investigation

Policy and program development

Bolstering of aging services

Advocacy for the aging population

Making Philadelphia a more age-friendly city