DNP Paper : Program Planning for the older adult

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Program Planning for the Older Adult Margaret Clark Walden University Program Planning for Older Adult The purpose of this paper is to review the use of the health belief model (Springer & Evans, 2016) to design and develop a program planning to improve access to care for the older adult population. The focus is the older adult with a chronic health disease whom might not have access to care. The lack of access to care has been identified as a national health problem (Healthy People, 2017). The government health plan, Healthy People 2020, is a science-based action plan that has set national objectives for Americans (Healthy People, 2017). The plan measures progress and success of engaged individuals and fosters collaboration within the health care industry and sector. A significant increase in occurrences and costs of health problems such as hypertension, weight management, increase in cholesterol, provide evidence to the importance of the chronic disease as a problem facing older populations (Healthy People, 2017). Problem and Population The population is the older adults, aged 65 and older, with difficulty to gain access to care. The vulnerable population is the illest in the nation. This is because persons aged 65 years and above have a high likelihood of suffering from one of two of the chronic illnesses. These illnesses include; diabetes 2 type, cancer, arthritis, heart disease, and high blood pressure. Recent sources further support the United States has a record for the costliest care and highest out of pocket expense. The danger of chronic diseases is the ability to affect the health and the lifestyle of older persons. What is worse is that the

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