Thair Phillips

RA Exchanges Text

Dr. Kristina M. Lybecker

Jamesetta Smith - Older Americans

When I think of preventive care, I think of a person who enjoys life, however, when I think of acute care, I am reminded of a person who really does not care, a person who has no concerns of ever being sick. Many have the rationale that we all have to die with something. This is saying to me; do I choose, life, death, pain, suffering, surgery, therapy? There is no question for me; I choose LIFE.

Jamesetta Smith

Paul Downey - Older Americans

The answer is a multi-pronged approach based on a very simple premise:  healthy seniors live happier more productive lives and save tax dollars through reduced healthcare expenditures.  

Essentially, mitigating risk factors comes down to education and providing access to building blocks of good health.   The Medicines in Development for Older Americans report clearly shows the importance of educating seniors about the correlations of medication adherence to staying healthy and out of the hospital. 

Paul Downey

Dorothy Leone-Glasser - Older Americans

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, (a division of U.S. Health and Human Services Department), the number of Americans who will suffer functional disability due to a chronic disease is expected to increase at least 300 percent by 2049. Currently, almost 75 percent of the elderly (age 65 and over) have at least one chronic illness and 50 percent have at least two chronic illnesses. Aging is an important marker of the accumulation of risks for chronic disease. A prevention- focused paradigm is necessary to break this trend.

Dorothy Leone-Glasser

North Carolina State Grange - 340B

The North Carolina State Grange has been an advocate for rural North Carolina since 1929. We believe that all citizens should have access to quality healthcare that is affordable. We further believe that lower income individuals should receive financial assistance with acquiring needed medications. The 340B program enacted by Congress was intended to provide the necessary support for the vulnerable and uninsured to have access to medications.


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