Empowering Heart Failure Patients and Care Providers

In November 2019, a multi-stakeholder group of experts, including GCOA and several leading patient, caregiver, and professional groups, launched the Heart Failure Charter. The Heart Failure Charter served as a call to action to reduce preventable heart failure hospitalizations and improve patient outcomes, targeting key unmet needs across the continuum of care where intervention and educational efforts can improve overall patient outcomes. The American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, the National Alliance for Caregiving, and the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association are among the organizations leading this work.

In May 2020, the group launched a Patient Empowerment Tool for heart failure patients, along with a special addendum to help patients and their families navigate the global Covid-19 pandemic. The tool highlights key rights patients should know and offers high-level guidance to support self-care management and empowerment upon hospital discharge, while the Covid-19 addendum addresses particular concerns for heart failure patients during the global pandemic. Empowering heart failure patients can reduce their symptoms and contribute to better quality of life and fewer delays in the hospital because of a worsening condition.

Latest Developments

We keep our members and partners in touch with the most recent updates and opinions in the worldwide dialogue on population longevity and related issues.

Health Equity Promise and That Innovation Thing

President Biden has pledged his administration to defeat cancer, Alzheimer’s, and other diseases that target America’s aging population. To achieve these lofty goals, bold words must be backed up by bold actions.

Roundtable Report Highlights Importance of Immunizing Canada’s Caregivers Against Influenza, Identifying Challenges and Opportunities to Protect This Critical Group

The Global Coalition on Aging (GCOA) today released a report summarizing key insights from an expert roundtable on vaccinating Canada’s caregivers against influenza. The roundtable, held virtually, brought together leading Canadian health policy experts, family caregivers, patient advocacy groups, aging experts, and other thought leaders to discuss challenges and strategies to reach this critically important yet hard-to-reach group.

Women, Work, Wellness, and That Aging Thing…

The OECD Forum’s virtual event Women at The Frontline of the Recovery will presciently focus attention among policymakers and the public stakeholders alike on the unique relationship between the age demographic mega-trend and the essential policies needed for OECD economies to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Headlines of the Future Podcast: Decoding Healthy Aging

How can advancements in science and medicine make it possible for individuals to enjoy greater health and activity in their later years? For health leaders and organizations such as the Global Coalition on Aging, ensuring individuals can truly shine in their "Golden Years" is a matter of revisiting education and communication strategies, advancing digital health technologies and expanding access to healthcare innovation.

Longer Lifespans Require Secure Financial Futures

As many as half of 5-year-olds in the United States can now expect to live to 100, a population that is projected to swell in the decades ahead. Longer lifespans don’t guarantee a financially secure later life, however. If anything, in the absence of significant planning, extreme longevity may make financial security harder to attain.