What Is SETxGWEP?
The success of our society over the last 100 years in doubling life expectancies has made concerns and questions around healthy aging common to all of us. Growing older is now an undeniable part of the human experience. How do we prepare our healthcare systems and communities to address the needs and concerns of the rapidly growing population of aging adults and their caregivers? How do we promote the best quality of life to enjoy the benefits of the longevity we each hope to enjoy?
The South East Texas Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (SETxGWEP), was funded in 2019 by the United States’ Health Resources Services Administration to prepare the Southeast Texas region with the training and resources to address the specific concerns of aging adults and their caregivers. Through the SETxGWEP, health professionals have supplemented their clinical practice with state of the art training on age-friendly practice integrated into care settings that serve older adults, student learners have been prepared with age-friendly education to identify and address the unique care considerations of the fastest growing segment of American healthcare consumers, and of older adults, family caregivers and have been served with critical resources to understand and engage in their healthcare. As part of a broad national network of Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Programs, the SETxGWEP improves the health and well-being of all Americans through a focus on the health systems and communities that support aging Americans.