Presentation on theme: "Healthy Aging: Evidence-Based Programs and Practical Strategies."— Presentation transcript:
Healthy Aging: Evidence-Based Programs and Practical Strategies
Overview Why focus on older adults? Why evidence-based approaches? Specifics on programs DHS is supporting in Oregon Programs and beyond
Why Focus on Older Adults More than 1.7 million Americans die of a chronic disease each year. 80% of older adults have at least one chronic condition; 50% at least two. 95% of health care spending for older adults attributed to chronic conditions Four chronic diseases—heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes—cause almost 2/3 of all deaths each year.
Why Focus on Older Adults Research shows that if older adults maintain just three health habits – moderate physical activity, good nutrition, and not smoking - they can delay disability by as much as 10 years.
Why Evidence-Based Approaches For the state: Limited resources We have the evidence Ability to justify what we’re doing National support For communities: oIncreases the likelihood of positive outcomes oMakes it easier to justify funding oHelps to establish partnerships –esp. with health care oLeads to efficient use of resources oSupports continuous quality improvement
Specifics on Targeted Programs Falls prevention Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance Physical activity Arthritis Foundation Exercise Programs EnhanceFitness Chronic conditions Living Well With Chronic Conditions
Tai Chi for Better Balance What it is: 12 week simplified Tai Chi program that meets 2x/week Outcomes: Decreased falls, decreased fear of falls
Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program What it is: Physical activity program for older adults that meets 2-3x/week for 1 hour Outcomes: increased functional ability, increased self-care behaviors, decreased pain, decreased depression
Arthritis Foundation Aquatics Program What it is: Water exercise program for older adults that meets 2-3x/week Outcomes: increased functional ability, decreased pain, decreased depression
EnhanceFitness What it is: Physical activity program for older adults that meets 1-hour, 3x/week Outcomes: Improved physical fitness, maintain or improve physical function, decreased healthcare costs
Living Well with Chronic Conditions What it is: 6-week program for people with any kind of chronic condition. 3 variations: Living Well, Tomando Control de su Salud, Positive Self- Management for People with HIV/AIDS Outcomes: Improvements in exercise, self- reported health, fatigue, social/role limitations; decreased hospital days; results lasting for as long as 3 years.
Other Considerations… Community influences of healthy aging Positive? Negative? Workplace influences of healthy aging Positive? Negative?
Jennifer Mead DHS - Seniors & People with Disabilities 971-673-1035 - firstname.lastname@example.org@state.or.us Audrey Sienkiewicz DHS - Health Promotion & Chronic Disease Prevention 971-673-1004 – email@example.com@state.or.us Healthy Aging Listserv http://listsmart.osl.state.or.us/mailman/listinfo/oregonhealthyaging