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May 10, 2021 29 min

Older adults are at increased risk for poor health outcomes and have higher rates of mortality than other groups.

Research shows that older adults face disparities in access to care due to factors like socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, gender, and disability. Caregivers and nurses play a critical role in the provision of high-quality healthcare services to this population.

To improve higher quality of care, we need to increase awareness through policy change so that our nation’s aging population can be provided with equal access to quality healthcare regardless of race or socioeconomic status. In addition, we must increase funding for research grants which will allow us better understand how best to treat diseases prevalent among older adults such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Finally, we must continue efforts aimed at improving vaccination coverage among vulnerable populations including older adults who may be less likely to receive recommended vaccinations because they are frail or live alone.

What are some of the biggest disparities that we see in the senior living space today?

Do most of these disparities come from a lack of access to quality health care? Or is it that once people have access to healthcare they're not treated or they're treated differently by the staff or is it both?

Have we been able to see the impact of healthcare disparities in situations like how COVID vaccine was disputed was dispute was distributed?

Can you talk a bit about your research and what you've discovered about improving health outcomes in the vulnerable older, older adult groups?

What is the importance of training the healthcare workforce to recognize and combat these issues?

What is the role of long-term care policy in resolving these issues?

How can older adults set goals and expectations around aging?


Dr. Jasmine Travers is an Assistant Professor at New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing. Her career is dedicated to designing and conducting research to improve health outcomes and reduce health disparities in vulnerable older adult groups using both quantitative and qualitative approaches.

Over the years, Dr. Travers has built a strong foundation to address the health and well-being of a rapidly growing, diverse older adult population requiring long-term care. As a health services researcher, she has leveraged many datasets to investigate these issues and has published widely on the topics of aging, long-term care, health disparities, workforce issues, and infections.

Prior to joining the faculty at NYU, Dr. Travers completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the National Clinician Scholars Program at Yale University and a T32 funded postdoctoral fellowship at the New Courtland Center for Transitions and Health at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. She completed her doctoral training in health services research with a specialization in gerontology at Columbia University School of Nursing.

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