Exploration of the unique challenges that older adults living with HIV may face and five steps for health care providers and AIDS service providers to consider in addressing these challenges.
Nearly half of Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) clients are aged 50 years and older. As with the overall RWHAP population, the majority of older Ryan White clients are from racial and ethnic minority populations and have lower incomes. Their viral suppression rates, across key populations, are slightly above the overall RWHAP rate, with the exception of those with unstable housing. Care for older people can be challenging if they are being treated for multiple conditions as they may need support to manage (and pay for) complicated treatment regimens.
Best Practices and Emerging Models
- National Center for Innovation in HIV Care
- University of Washington
Online clinician training platform with evidence-based core competency training on HIV prevention, screening, diagnosis, care, and key populations.
- ACE TA Center
Overview of Medicare eligibility and coverage for RWHAP clients and other people with HIV.
- ACE TA CenterOverview of the State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIP) and help it provides to enroll people in Medicare.
Review of how RWHAP Part B and ADAPs can support access to medications and related services for the clients they serve who are aging and who experience associated co-morbidities (e.g., cardiovascular disease, diabetes).
- Howard Brown Health Center
Curriculum for nurses teaching cultural competency in the care of LGBT older adults.
Webinars and Training
- ACE TA CenterBest practices for providing Medicare enrollment support, common enrollment challenges, and penalties associated with Medicare enrollment.