Healthy Aging

Healthy Aging

What exactly is healthy aging? According to the Centers on Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “Healthy aging means living a long, productive, meaningful life and enjoying a high quality of life.” In the State of Aging and Health in America 2013 report, the authors describe how chronic disease management accounts for a majority of healthcare costs.  A few key strategies and services are listed below which may help you manage and/or prevent chronic diseases and promote healthy aging.

Services*

  • Education and information are provided through handouts, educational programs, articles in the Council on Aging newsletter, and on our Facebook page
  • Programs and social/educational activities and a variety of exercise classes are available that facilitate healthy aging
  • Health Screenings and/or immunizations are offered each month (e.g. flu shots, hearing screening, blood glucose screening, blood pressure screening)
  • The Living Healthy Workshop is an evidence-based structured participant workshop held for 2.5 hours weekly over six weeks. This evidence-based program helps individuals with chronic health conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, lung/heart diseases or many other chronic conditions learn how to: deal with frustration, pain, and isolation; maintain and improve strength and flexibility; manage medications; eat healthy, and communicate effectively to family, friends, and health care providers.

*See our calendar and our newsletter for more information

Handouts on a Variety of Healthy Aging Topics

  • Aging Safely at Home 

http://www.pittcoa.com/wp-content/uploads/Aging-Safely-at-Home-handout.pdf

  • Body Mechanics and Lifting   

http://www.pittcoa.com/wp-content/uploads/Proper-Body-Mechanics-handout.pdf

  • Brain Health  

http://www.pittcoa.com/wp-content/uploads/Keep-Your-Brain-Healthy-handout.pdf

  • Exercise   

http://www.pittcoa.com/wp-content/uploads/Benefits-of-Exercise-handout.pdf

  • Gardening   

http://www.pittcoa.com/wp-content/uploads/Healthy-Gardening-handout.pdf

  • Laughter   

http://www.pittcoa.com/wp-content/uploads/Why-laughing-is-good-for-you-handout.pdf

  • Computer and Smart Phone Use  

http://www.pittcoa.com/wp-content/uploads/Healthy-Computing-and-Smart-Phone-Use-handout.pdf

  • Volunteering   

http://www.pittcoa.com/wp-content/uploads/Health-Benefits-of-Volunteering.pdf

 

Healthy Aging Strategies

  • Exercise regularly (with physician approval)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that older adults without a health condition try to perform strengthening exercises two or more days a week and participate in 75 or more minutes of aerobic activity each week (amount varies depending on the intensity of the exercises)

  • Receive age appropriate immunizations (with physician approval).

View the CDC website for a schedule of recommended immunizations for adults at: www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/downloads/adult/adult-schedule-easy-read.pdf

  • Eat a healthy diet

Try to eat a balanced diet which includes a variety of food groups. Choose different colored fruits and vegetables which contain different nutrients. Read nutrition labels to ensure the food you are eating is healthy.

  • Avoid tobacco use

If you currently smoke, consider participating in a tobacco cessation program

  • Obtain recommended preventative health screenings

(e.g. cholesterol, colorectal cancer, diabetes, breast cancer screening for women)

Reference: The State of Aging and Health in America, 2013; CDC, National Institute on Aging

Additional Resources and Information