"Many Americans with chronic conditions are struggling, especially those delaying care, Latinos, those with low income. We know this is more difficult for them, and our non-system of care probably is the least responsive to these people," said Nancy Whitelaw, senior vice president of the National Council on Aging and director of the Center for Healthy Aging. "They are in pain, stressed, a lot of things are going on in their life that makes it difficult to cope. They look to healthcare providers but don't feel they are getting the support they need. They lack confidence about their ability to do these things on their own. They want help in tailoring [interventions] to their own life. They would like to get this help from providers, from their community, from online resources."
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SOURCES: March 18, 2009, teleconference with James P. Firman, Ed.D. president and CEO, National Council on Aging (NCOA); Veenu Aulakh, California HealthCare Foundation; Nancy Whitelaw, Ph.D., director, Center for Healthy Aging, and senior vice president, NCOA; Delores Palmer, R.N., Harvest Health Program, and director, Center in the Park; Carol Pryor, policy director, Access Project, Boston; March 18, 2009, poll, National Council on Aging