SEPTEMBER- Monthly Toolkit
This month, Health is Primary is focusing on healthy aging and how utilization of primary care can support good health among older Americans. We are promoting patient information about staying healthy as you age and data about the link between primary care and long, healthy lives focusing .
Download the September toolkit, which includes new patient handouts to help raise awareness!
THE FACTS ABOUT HEALTHY AGING:
- The U.S. population is expected to increase 18 percent from 2005 to 2025, with the population over age 65 growing by 73 percent. The over-65 group seeks care from generalists (primary care physicians) at twice the rate of people under age 65.
- Within each of the 50 U.S. states, a greater supply of primary care physicians is associated with improved quality and reduced costs for Medicare beneficiaries, whereas a lower supply and a higher specialist-to-population ratio are associated with lower quality of care and higher costs.
- Older adults who obtain clinical preventive services and practice healthy behaviors are more likely to remain healthy and functionally independent.
- Family physicians are a critical source of primary care for older Americans. Elderly people living in rural areas are particularly dependent on family physicians for primary care.
BE A CHAMPION FOR PRIMARY CARE
ACOFP is a proud sponsor of Health is Primary, a communications campaign launched by Family Medicine for America's Health to help strengthen primary care and make America healthier.
Health is Primary advocates for the values of family medicine, demonstrates the benefits of primary care, and engages patients in our health care system.
SPREAD THE WORD
Visit healthispimary.org to download monthly toolkits, campaign ads and patient information sheets to display in your office and distribute to your patients.
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