EWA Advocacy Toolkit: The Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program

EWA created this toolkit to help advocates educate Congress on the need for a healthcare workforce that is trained to care for older adults.
Learn more about the EWA Advocacy Toolkit.

Family Caregivers: The Backbone of Our Eldercare System

Family caregivers are the backbone of our long-term care system for older Americans. Due to demographic changes, the demand for family caregivers of adults over the age of 65 is increasing significantly but we do not have an eldercare system properly equipped to support them.
Learn more about The Backbone of Our Eldercare System.

Supporting the Geriatric Workforce and Older Veterans:
Department of Veterans Affairs

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), through the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), has long been a leader in geriatrics and gerontology. The commitment of the VHA to specialize in the care of older veterans has allowed for the development, testing, and training of specialized programs focused on older patients. VA research on older adults is critical to creating better models of care and improving the patient experience in all settings of care. Continued investments in geriatrics and gerontology programs within the VA will support the innovation needed to meet the growing needs of the aging Veteran and U.S. population overall.
Read all of the Veteran Affairs Issue Brief.

Eldercare Workforce Comments to Reform the Medicare Program

A key component of assessing the quality of care received by beneficiaries lies in understanding the health care workforce. High-quality care for older adults, many of whom have multiple complex chronic conditions, requires a health care team with a diverse range of skills for addressing this population’s physical, mental, cognitive, and behavioral needs. The Eldercare Workforce Alliance encourages any quality measure effort to focus on key workforce measures, including recruitment, training, retention, and compensation, as well as ways to evaluate and support participation in interdisciplinary teams.
Read all of Eldercare Workforce Comments.

Medicaid Program Request for Information: Federal Government Interventions to Ensure the Provision of Timely and Quality Home and Community Based Services

The Alliance strongly believes that data collection is an important part of measuring and otherwise assessing the workforce’s ability to care for older adults.
Read all of Eldercare Workforce Alliance’s Letter.