Older Adults

The older adult population is diverse with variation in physiology, function, and culture. They are disproportionally affected by chronic conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, and heart disease. Approximately 62% of individuals dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid are over the age of 65.1 While 80% of older adults have at least one chronic condition,2 dually eligible older adults are more likely to have multiple chronic conditions than older adults eligible for Medicare only. They also have a higher prevalence of physical and cognitive impairments.3   

Resources for Integrated Care has developed resources featuring promising practices for providers and plans serving older adults who are dually eligible beneficiaries. 

  • Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD)

  • Care Transitions

  • Disability Competent Care (DCC) & Older Adults

  • Falls Prevention

  • Medication Management

  • Palliative Care

  • Parkinson’s Disease

  • Person-Centered Care

  • Substance Use

1 CMS Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office. (2020). Data Analysis Brief: Medicare-Medicaid Dual Enrollment from 2006 through 2019. Retrieved from: https://www.cms.gov/files/document/medicaremedicaiddualenrollmenteverenrolledtrendsdatabrief.pdf.

2 National Council on Aging. (2018.). Healthy Aging Fact Sheet. Retrieved from: https://www.ncoa.org/resources/fact-sheet-healthy-aging/.

3 Allen, S. M., Piette, E. R., & Mor, V. (2014). The adverse consequences of unmet need among older persons living in the community: dual-eligible versus Medicare-only beneficiaries. Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 69(Suppl_1), S51-S58.