Community-Based Programs To Improve Senior Health

Community-Based Programs To Improve Senior Health Wednesday, February 26, 2014

According to a 2013 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, two-thirds of older Americans have multiple chronic conditions, and 66% of the Nation’s health care budget is spent treating this population. Community-based initiatives can improve the health of at-risk seniors and reduce costs by providing services such as screening and care coordination.

The featured Innovations describe three community-based programs designed to improve senior health. The projects include a collaborative that helped community-dwelling seniors access services so they could remain at home; a health and hygiene program that incorporated diabetes and hypertension screenings for at-risk seniors; and an initiative that enhanced access to culturally tailored mental health services for elderly minorities.

The featured QualityTools include a library of resources to help community-based organizations (CBOs) develop and implement evidence-based programs to promote healthy living for older adults; a tool to help senior-serving CBOs identify community resources to support seniors; and a toolkit to give State and local coalitions strategies, tools, and resources to prevent falls among older adults.

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