As we age, common chronic health conditions such as heart disease, osteoporosis and arthritis can have devastating effects on our independence and quality of life. Fortunately, many chronic conditions are manageable -- even preventable -- when we have access to programs that teach us how to make health-conscious decisions, set goals, and overcome barriers to healthy living.
As part of our strategic plan, Council on Aging has been working to improve older adults` access to evidence-based wellness programs in the community.
On an individual level, these programs provide opportunities for adults and caregivers to share their experiences and learn day-to-day strategies for improving personal health, managing chronic illness, saving money on health care costs, and improving relationships with health care providers. On a larger scale, these programs help the fastest-growing segment of the population maintain their independence in the community, reducing the high-cost of long-term care services and supports and hospital admissions -- a bill that`s most often picked up by taxpayers.
"In Ohio, more than 2 million people are already age 60 or older, and another 12,000 Ohioans turn 60 each month," said Suzanne Burke, Council on Aging CEO. "With this level of growth, the strain on our health and long-term care systems will become unsustainable unless people use the right tools and resources to take better control of their health."
Health and wellness programs across Ohio
Healthy lifestyle and prevention programs can help you take control of your life and manage your health conditions. There are several evidence-based health and wellness programs offered across Ohio that provide health benefits and promote disease prevention. Use the links below to get more information about these programs and find a location near you.
HEALTHY U helps Ohioans stay active, make healthy choices and manage chronic conditions so that they can have the highest possible quality of life. Healthy U workshops are offered for people with diabetes and for people with any type of chronic or ongoing health condition. There is even an online version available.
Click here for more information about Council on Aging's Healthy U workshops.
A Matter of Balance is an award-winning group program that emphasizes practical strategies to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels. Participants meet in small groups in community settings once a week for 8 weeks, where they learn to view falls as controllable, set realistic goals, change their environment to reduce risk factors and exercise to increase strength and balance. A Matter of Balance is offered through area agencies on aging, senior centers, local aging network providers and health departments.