Continuing care provided over long periods of time without any expectation that the patientÂ’s level of functioning will necessarily improve, as opposed to the focus of Acute Care on curing disease and rehabilitation of the patient to a previous functional status. Chronic conditions often begin inconspicuously and symptoms are less pronounced than acute conditions. Chronic care services are provided by both
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Be sure to look at the narratives and illustrations in the Appendix. Many photos and documents come from the wonderful Library of Congress American Memories collection. There are also graphs, tables, and charts of data like changes in life expectancy and long term care utilization.
The reality, says expert Andrew Carle, is completely different from the perception. Carle, director of the Program in Senior Housing Administration at George Mason University and a consultant on aging issues, coined the term “Nana Technology” for innovations that not only help our aging population, but actually can save their lives.
Carle was in Minnesota in June to give a talk to Aging Services of Minnesota in Brooklyn Center on “Nana Technology: Is There A Robot In Your Future?”