City Expands Program to Help Seniors Through Telehealth

The Baltimore City Health Department, in collaboration with MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital’s Center for Successful Aging and the Westchester Public/Private Partnership, is expanding the successful Telehealth Intervention Program for Seniors.

The program allows nurses to talk with and monitor their patients’ health from their homes. Currently 100 seniors are enrolled. The program will be expanded to serve an additional 250 seniors a year.

The Baltimore Sun reports:

Technology monitors blood pressure, pulse, oxygen levels and weight. Nurses talk to patients remotely and ask questions about recent hospitalizations, changes in medication and recent falls.

“By utilizing the benefits of telehealth capabilities, we can ensure that many of our older citizens who may be unable to make regular visits to their medical professionals will have access to essential monitoring with the aim of identifying issues before they become more serious,” Pugh said in a statement.

Read The Baltimore Sun to learn more.

Maryland is preparing for an estimated 40% boom in its senior population over the next few years. Learn more about the growing senior demographic from U.S. Census Bureau data and how counties are using such data to launch targeted programs at the MACo Summer Conference session “Turn the Tide with Demographics: 2020 Census and the Senior Boom.” The session will be held Thursday, August 16, 2018 from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm.

The 2018 MACo Summer Conference will be held August 15-18 at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, Maryland. This year’s theme is “Water, Water Everywhere.”

Learn more about MACo’s Summer Conference:

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