GITT 2.0: Healthcare and Aging

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Background Information

Healthcare and Aging

According to the Institute of Medicine’s report Retooling of an Aging America [1], the U.S. is facing an impending healthcare crisis as older adults with complex needs are outpacing the number of healthcare providers with the knowledge and skill set to effectively care for them. It is estimated that older adults will comprise approximately 20% of the population over the next 15 years. This critical shortfall, along with the unique and costly needs of the growing aging population, many of whom experience multiple chronic medical conditions, forces us to reexamine the way the workforce provides care to older adults.

The Affordable Care Act has ushered many more Americans into the healthcare market. Value-based care is replacing fee-for-service models. Providing care through interprofessional teams is a model that has been tested and proven as each discipline works to its full scope of practice. Implementing interprofessionalism into a practice environment has proven difficult to meet the emerging needs of our patients and their caregivers. GITT 2.0 has created a platform for teams of professionals to deliver efficient and effective collaborative care for older adults that reflects the expertise of all team members.

According to the Elder Care Alliance, “Person- and family-centered interdisciplinary team care has been the hallmark of geriatrics and is the key to older adults receiving quality care and remaining independent for as long as possible” [2]. Working together creates meaningful opportunities to mitigate current gaps in healthcare deliveries for older adults that are needlessly exorbitant.  



  1. Institute of Medicine. (2008). Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce. Retrieved from
  2. Eldercare Workforce Alliance. (2014). Older Adults in the U.S. Face Significant Gaps in Care. Retrieved from 


To find out more information on healthcare and aging, please refer to the following sites:

  1. Administration for Community Living: Facts, figures, and statistics on "Aging and Disability in America" using census data. 
  2. Alliance for Aging Research: The Silver Book® is a searchable database of more than 1,000 facts and figures about the aging population. 
  3. American Geriatrics Society: The Geriatrics Workforce Policy Studies Center (GWPS) provides clear, accessible data and geriatrics training and healthcare delivery issues for policymakers, government agencies, the media, and the public as well as for healthcare professionals and others with an interest in the geriatrics workforce. 
  4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Health Aging Data Portfolio
  5. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Older Persons’ Health
  6. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:The State of Aging and Health in America 2013
  7. Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics: Older Americans 2016: Key Indicators of Well-Being
  8. John A. Hartford Foundation. (2012). Statistics/Facts on Aging and Health Care
  9. National Council on Aging. (2016). Healthy Aging Facts
  10. Ortman, J.M., Velkoff, V.A., & Hogan, H. (2014). An Aging Nation: The Older Population in the United States; Population Estimates and Projections. Current Population Reports, United States Census Bureau, P25-1140. Retrieved from
  11. Vincent, G.K., & Velkoff, V.A. (2010). The Next Four Decades: The Older Population in the United States: 2010 to 2050; Population Estimates and Projections. United States Census Bureau, P25-1138. Retrieved from
  12. World Health Organization: World report on ageing and health 2015

Introduction to GITT 2.0

What GITT 2.0 Offers

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