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Serving Aging Veterans

November 11, 2021
Today, there are more than 11 million U.S. veterans who are over the age of 55. These service members served in global conflicts including World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Persian Gulf War. Studies have indicated that more than half the veterans over 65 reported difficulty functioning and rated their own health as fair or poor. Overall, those who served have higher rates of chronic disease and behavioral health issues.

PACE Senior Care for Veterans
Since 2018, many aging veterans have been eligible to enroll in the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) as part of their benefits provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

This option comes as the number of aging veterans requiring high-touch care continues to increase. One federal agency predicts a 16% increase from 2017 to 2022 in the daily number of veterans requiring nursing home care.

For those who don’t want to be in a VA nursing facility, PACE may be a great solution. This is especially true for aging veterans with complex medical conditions and needing a higher level of coordinated healthcare.
With primary and specialty care, telehealth, wellness calls, meal and medication home deliveries, as well as transportation and socialization, PACE helps veterans safely age in place and remain independent as long as possible.

“With PACE’s team-based care approach and focus on providing a personalized experience, we work with each veteran to make sure their individual healthcare needs are addressed, including mental health issues that are particularly prevalent among veterans,” says Dr. Ann Wells, veteran and InnovAge chief medical officer for population health. “As our veteran participants age, PACE adjusts along with them to provide for their changing needs."

Recently, a Vietnam veteran enrolled in PACE shared, “I’d tell any veteran who is struggling with healthcare and finding it hard to stay in their home that InnovAge can help.”

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