Today, there are more than 11 million U.S. million veterans who are over the age of 55
. These servicemen and women 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 have served have higher rates of chronic disease and behavioral health issues
Many aging veterans are potentially 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)
“With veterans, we understandably see a lot of behavioral health and substance abuse issues,” says Dr. Ann Wells
, InnovAge’s chief medical officer for population health, and also a veteran. “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. And as they age, PACE adjusts along with them helping them on their aging journey.”
Serving Veterans during COVID-19
In response to COVID-19, InnovAge has adjusted its care delivery model to continue serving seniors with individualized medical care. The company is providing telehealth, wellness calls, meal and medication home deliveries, as well as transportation and coordination of specialty appointments.
“Seniors, especially veterans, have a lot to teach us, given the length and experience of their lives. Our veterans have served our country. Now, PACE can help them remain a vibrant part of our communities,” says Steve Medina, InnovAge vice president of sales strategy.