Staying healthy and financially secure as you age can be a challenge.
Chronic health conditions are, unfortunately, often a part of the aging process. 86% of people over age 65 live with at least one chronic health condition, such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, or cancer. 61% live with two or more such conditions. Chronic health conditions can create challenges that affect every aspect of a person’s life. However, learning to manage those conditions enables people to stay healthy, active and engaged in their communities. Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) offer programs to help older adults and their caregivers better manage their health.
Good health can support successful aging and independent living. In addition to offering critical home and community-based services which support independence and reduce health care costs, Missouri’s AAAs deliver at least evidence-based disease prevention and health promotion program.
Evidence-based programs empower older adults to take control of their health by maintaining a healthy lifestyle through increased self-efficacy and self-management. Programs are available virtually and in-person and include:
- A Matter of Balance
- Chronic Disease Self-Management Program
- Diabetes Self-Management Program
- Powerful Tools for Caregivers
- Tai Chi for Arthritis