MULTIMEDIA UPDATE — Social Threats to Aging Well in America: New Study Reveals Economic Instability, Loneliness, Food Insecurity as Top 3 Barriers to Senior Health – GlobeNewswire

| Source: Alignment Healthcare USA, LLC Alignment Healthcare USA, LLC
Orange, California, UNITED STATES
ORANGE, Calif., Sept. 01, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Economic instability, loneliness and food insecurity are the top three social barriers impacting seniors’ access to comprehensive, affordable, high-quality health care, according to the 2022 Social Threats to Aging Well in America survey released today by Alignment Healthcare, a tech-enabled Medicare Advantage company. The inaugural study explores the financial, physical and emotional threats to seniors’ ability to age well and live healthier, more prosperous lives.

Administered by Toluna and sponsored by Alignment, the study asked 2,601 adults aged 65 and older across the United States about their biggest obstacles to health care and the support they need to overcome those challenges. The study focused on environmental factors known as social determinants of health (SDoH), such as income and access to reliable transportation and healthy foods. SDoH are proven to have a far more significant impact on overall health than clinical care, according to the National Academy of Medicine.
“With 10,000 adults turning 65 every day, it’s more urgent than ever to understand the issues seniors face that impede their path to health, wellness and happiness,” said Dr. Dinesh Kumar, chief medical and operating officer, Alignment Healthcare. “This study offers insights into those barriers and provides a window into the solutions we should consider to best address those needs. With this valuable information, we can help ensure our elders receive the attention, respect and care they need and deserve while raising expectations of what health care can be.”
Highlights from the benchmark survey include:
Economic instability
Food insecurity
Mental Health
About the “2022 Social Threats to Aging Well in America” study
The online survey was conducted from July 24 to Aug. 13, 2022. It included a nationally and regionally representative sample of 2,601 seniors aged 65 and older, including more than 100 residents each in six states: Arizona, California, Florida, Nevada, North Carolina and Texas. This survey was designed to generate meaningful conversations about barriers to senior care. As this is the first Social Threats to Aging Well in America survey, it will serve as a benchmark for comparison for future results when possible and highlight differences for seniors going forward. View the full report here.
About Alignment Healthcare
Alignment Healthcare is a consumer-centric platform delivering customized health care in the United States through its Medicare Advantage plans. The company provides partners and patients with customized care and service where they need it and when they need it, including clinical coordination, risk management and technology facilitation. Alignment Healthcare offers health plan options through Alignment Health Plan and also partners with select health plans to help deliver better benefits at lower costs.
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