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Heath & Wellness Program

The PrimeTime Health program focuses on health promotion and disease prevention activities important to the well-being of older adults, including:

  • Prime Time Health & WellnessHealth risk screening
  • Chronic conditions
  • Fall risk
  • Exercise
  • Strengthening to prevent fall-related injury
  • Monitoring behavioral health
  • Managing medications
  • Nutrition

PrimeTime Health is a creative and cost-effective way to reduce the demand for medical treatment. Using Federal funding from the Older Americans Act, PrimeTime Health was the first substantial effort by the national aging network to increase efforts at disease prevention by providing support and education to older people before they become ill. 

PrimeTime Health Programs & Workshops

Disease prevention and health promotion services can be provided to multipurpose senior community centers, congregate meal sites, senior high-rises, retirement communities, and other appropriate sites through the PrimeTime Health Program. To request a presentation, call the AAA office at 724-489-8080 or toll-free at 1-888-300-2704.

Falls Prevention Programs

Healthy Steps for Older Adults (HSOA)
This four-hour comprehensive workshop is designed for adults aged 50 and older to:

  • raise awareness of falls
  • identify personal risks
  • present ways to reduce falls in the home and outside

Additional content includes the role of nutrition and medicine safety, and exercises for strength, balance, endurance and flexibility. 


Healthy Steps in Motion (HSIM)


As a companion to falls prevention, this exercise program is designed for adults aged 50 and older from all fitness levels to help them learn to exercise safely. The exercises are designed to improve strength, balance and flexibility, and begin as twice-a-week sessions for eight weeks.  

 

Disease Prevention Workshops

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP)

Developed by Stanford University, this six-week workshop helps people learn information and skills to better manage their health and maintain active, fulfilling lives.  Learn how to deal with common issues like:

  • Frustration
  • Pain and fatigue
  • How to effectively communicate with your family and doctors
  • Nutrition
  • Exercise
  • Medicine guidelines
  • Making plans and setting goals

People who complete the program report many benefits including improvements in managing symptoms, improvements in general health, and being better able to cope with the challenges of a chronic disease.

10 Keys to Healthy Aging

Developed by the University of Pittsburgh, this program presents information on 10 Keys to promote health and prevent disease in older adults. The workshop is presented over five weeks and include guidelines to improve or lower risk for illness. Topics include:

  • Lowering blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Cancer screenings
  • Being physically active
  • Stopping smoking
  • Maintaining social contacts
  • Regulating blood glucose
  • Maintaining healthy bones, joints and muscles
  • Immunizations
  • Combating depression

Each key includes tools to set goals and take actions to be healthier and to age successfully.

The workshop may include APPRISE Medicare Health Insurance Counseling information on covered Medicare preventive services related to the 10 Keys.

Some comments from a recent workshop include evidence of how the 10 Keys program can have a real and lasting impact on the lives of people who participate, as well as those they know:

  • “Will share this info with others to help improve their ‘health knowledge’”
  • “I will pay attention to the things in the ‘10 Keys’ program that I wasn’t really concerned with or may not have known about. The program is a really good refresher course for things that might be put on the ‘back burner.’”

 

  • “Each key step took an in-depth look at a separate topic area. The workbook had a nice format and it is easy to refer back to what was studied – Wonderful information!”
  • “Made me more aware of what I’m doing to maintain a healthy lifestyle and where I need to improve.” 

Volunteer Opportunity

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP)-- Leader Training:
The Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) program helps people with different health conditions learn skills to better manage their chronic conditions and to
maintain
active and fulfilling lives.

We have an ongoing need for individuals interested in completing the CDSMP leader training. Upon successful completion, these peer-leaders will be able to conduct the six-session community workshop under a licensed agency for individuals with chronic health conditions. 
The leader training is a four-day workshop where volunteers learn CDSMP program content and practice techniques to be able to successfully present the community workshop while maintaining Stanford’s fidelity guidelines.


 

 
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