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July 26, 2013

HealthStream to Provide Healthcare Curriculum to More Than 50,000 Senior Care Workers

HealthStream provides learning, development and assessment tools to more than three million healthcare professionals worldwide, including half of the hospitals in the U.S. The company's goal is to help medical providers develop their greatest asset: their people.

Recently, HealthStream added 50,000 more students to its rolls when it announced a partnership with Brookdale Senior Living, which is the largest senior housing provider in the U.S. Brookdale works with seniors by providing assisted living, independent living, skilled nursing, home health and memory care services.

Senior living providers like Brookdale will play a major role in healthcare throughout the world as the senior population grows. The World Health Organization (WHO) predicts that the worldwide population of people 80 years and older will quadruple to 395 million by 2050. The proportion of the world's population consisting of people 60 and older will double by 2050 from 11 percent to 22 percent.

 In fact, by 2050, the number of adults 60 and older in the world will be larger than the number of children aged 14 and under. The number of senior citizens that cannot look after themselves is expected to quadruple. Of seniors aged 85 and older, 25 to 30 percent have dementia or Alzheimer's.

Workers like those at Brookdale need training to clear up misconceptions about the proper treatment of seniors. Approximately 4 to 6 percent of seniors are subjected to maltreatment including being placed in physical restraints, being left in soiled clothing and being allowed to develop pressure sores.

Brookdale plans to take advantage of HealthStream's Learning Center, Compliance Solution and Competency Center. In addition, Brookdale and HealthStream will collaborate to develop new senior care courseware that they will market to medical professionals.

Brookdale provides services in 650 communities in 36 states and has the capacity to serve approximately 67,600 residents. Their agreement with HealthStream is for an initial term of five years.

Edited by Rachel Ramsey

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