Building a Focus on Healthy Aging for Older Adults Living With HIV: A Call to Action
I recently had the pleasure of participating in a roundtable discussion with fellow HIV advocates and experts from around the country to discuss the unique needs of the aging population with HIV and what we can do to enhance and initiate efforts to promote healthy aging for those living with HIV.
The report details that discussion and provides key themes and important next steps to advance actions to improve healthy aging for people with HIV.
I’m thrilled to share this with all you. You can download and share it: http://bit.ly/FocusHealthyAgingHIV
Key themes included:
- Advancing the conversation beyond survivorship
- Re-engaging older adults with HIV in efforts to improve their long-term health and minimize the complications of multi-morbidity
- Increasing education among HCPs about multi-morbidity management in the older population with HIV
It’s crucial that we collectively take steps to start a conversation about how to improve healthy aging for older people with HIV. The report, entitled “Building a Focus on Healthy Aging for Older Adults Living With HIV: A Call to Action,” is attached for your consideration, and we hope that you will begin taking action by sharing this report among colleagues, fellow advocates, HCPs, and anyone else who may be interested.
More than half of the 1.2 million people living with HIV in the United States are over the age of 50, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is estimated that by 2020, 70 percent of HIV patients will be 50 or older. Advances in HIV treatment have turned what was once considered a death sentence into a manageable chronic disease.
Now that people with HIV are living longer, they are experiencing the impact of age-associated comorbidities and face a host of psychosocial concerns that must be addressed.
Given the unique needs of this population, there is a need for increased focus and purposeful action to develop a plan that will allow people with HIV and their health care providers to collectively improve the way that older adults with HIV can expect to age.
This report stems from a discussion among national thought leaders in aging and HIV, convened by Theratechnologies on March 2, 2016, focused on identifying key themes and important next steps to advance actions to improve healthy aging for people with HIV.
Click here to download the full report Building a Focus on Healthy Aging for Older Adults Living With HIV: A Call to Action here: http://bit.ly/FocusHealthyAgingHIV