Aging & Wellness
Most Americans want to stay in their homes as they age, but most of us know very little about the home design and environment modifications needed to help us do this successfully. Fortunately, there are many good resources available to assist older adults and their family members in assuring their home will be a good fit for them as they age. One resource is the new NDSU Extension bulletin, Livable Homes. It provides information on universal design, home modification, home safety tips, and more. http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/pubs/yf/famsci/fs1683.pdf
Recently, the Aging and Health in America 2013 report was released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. The purpose of the report is to measure how well our country and communities are dealing with threats to the aging population. The report can be viewed as a report card of progress in public health.
Are you interested in being part of a prevention effort to make life better for seniors? Now is your opportunity to participate in a Senior Fall Prevention Program Leader Training. You will be certified upon completion to teach the “Stepping On” curriculum to a group of seniors in your community. The program is evidence-based and helps seniors gain better balance, strength, and confidence. The program has been available in ND for the past year and has gotten rave reviews from attendees.
Fourteen Extension and community educators from across the state recently completed training to be a class leader for Powerful Tools for Caregivers. Every day over 65 million Americans act as family caregivers. They provide a vast array of emotional, financial, nursing, social, homemaking and other services on a daily or intermittent basis.
The NDSU Extension Service has partnered with the Center for Social Research at NDSU to publish a new aging population brief, North Dakota’s Aging Population: Profile and Trends of Seniors Ages 65 and Older. The 4-page document presents a picture of the health, finances, and well-being of adults ages 65 and older in North Dakota. The brief focuses on well-being indicators including population, health care, economics, health risks and behaviors, and health status, as well as cognitive impairment and caregiving. The document can be accessed at: http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/pubs/yf/famsci/ec1673.pdf