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"Life is like riding a bicycle: you don't fall off unless you stop pedaling.” 

Claude Pepper

Threats to Healthy Aging

According to the Center for Disease Control Foundation, 80% of older adults have at least one chronic condition and 50% have at least two. Poor health and loss of independence are not inevitable consequences of aging. There are ways to ensure that added years are healthy years.

The Healthy Aging Regional Collaborative is funding programs that guard against the four key threats to healthy aging:

  • inability to manage long-term illness
  • lack of physical activity
  • depression
  • falls

Qualified nonprofit health organizations that received funding in the fall of 2008 and 2009 are making a meaningful impact in the lives of older adults in South Florida through offering classes in the following program areas:

  • Chronic Disease Self-Management/Tomando Control de su Salud : Geared toward enabling older adults to build self-confidence and assume a major role in maintaining their health and managing their chronic health conditions.
  • Enhance Fitness:  Focused improvig overall functional fitness and well-being of older adults.
  • Healthy IDEAS for a Better Life: This program aims to reduce the severity of depressive symptoms in older clients of home care agencies.
  • Matter of Balance/Un Asunto de Equilibrio: Designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults.

For detailed information, please see Programs in the About the Collaborative section of this Web site.

The longer we live, the more likely we will deal with some of the less desirable consequences of aging. We may not be able to stop the threats to healthy aging, but the Collaborative’s programs can make overcoming the outcomes a bit easier for older adults in South Florida.