Older Adults Not Getting Preventive Screenings
- vaccinations that protect against influenza and pneumococcal disease
- screenings for the early detection of
- breast cancer
- colorectal cancer
- lipid disorders
- smoking cessation counseling
- Reducing out-of-pocket costs.
- Promoting annual wellness visits.
- Issuing client reminders in the form of letters, postcards, or phone calls to alert adults that it is time for their cancer screening or vaccination.
- Using “small media” to increase awareness of available services and convey messages about their benefits.
- Tailoring messages, information, and services to meet the needs of each adult.
- Issuing “standing orders” as a way to reduce missed opportunities at the point of care or in the physician’s office.
- Reducing structural barriers that make it difficult for adults to make or keep their appointments – distance from a service location, limited hours of operation, caregiver responsibilities, or work commitments.
- Expanding access beyond traditional health care settings to community sites and locations.
- Offering multiple services in one location and at the same time for expedient “one- stop shopping.
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