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Interprofessional Collaboration: Improving the Lives of Elderly Patients

Female nurse in scrubs helping an elderly male patient up out of a chair
What do a nurse, a handyman, and an occupational therapist have in common? Each plays an integral role in providing in-home health services to older adults through the Community Aging in Place — Advancing Better Living for Elders (CAPABLE) intervention. This multidisciplinary team approach aims to equip low-income older adults to live more comfortably and safely in their homes by letting patients set their own functional goals, like taking a bath or walking to church, while also improving their living environment though renovations like installing hand rails or lowering shelves.

Sarah Szanton, Ph.D., RN, ANP, FAAN, a professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in Baltimore, Md., was recently named an American Academy of Nursing (AAN) Edge Runner for her work as the program’s principal investigator. We spoke with Sarah to learn more about CAPABLE and how it helps older adults “age in place.”

CAPABLE is now available in 17 locations across nine states. To learn more about the program and how it is helping to improve safety and independence for older adults, visit

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