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Aging and Health in America 2013

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.

While the report finds states doing well in some areas, there were specific items that the researchers feel need improvement to help older adults aging successfully.  One of those items is chronic disease prevention and management.  The longer we live, the more time we have to develop debilitating chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, lung diseases, and cancer.  With chronic diseases, there is typically a long duration of decline that impacts one’s ability to perform activities of daily living and impairs socialization leading to isolation and depression.

In order to age successfully, lifestyle choices and management of chronic diseases to limit their effects are critically important.  One evidence-based resource for managing chronic health conditions is Better Choices, Better Health workshops.  The workshops are free and effective for adults with diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, cancer, lung diseases, high blood pressure, MS, depression, any chronic health condition, or who are overweight.  For more information and a schedule of upcoming workshops, click here.

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