WASHINGTON--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--By September 2016, the National Council on Aging (NCOA) will help 80,000 to 100,000 older adults and people with disabilities connect to programs that can help them live healthier with chronic conditions—thanks to a new cooperative agreement with the U.S. Administration for Community Living.
“We know there are proven programs that empower older adults to cope with their symptoms, eat well and exercise more, communicate with their doctors, and ultimately save on health care expenses”
Under the agreement, NCOA will serve as the National Resource Center on Chronic Disease Self-Management Education Programs. Funding was provided under the 2013 Prevention & Public Health Fund.
More than 70% of older Americans have two or more chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, arthritis, and heart disease. Living with a chronic condition is a daily challenge and can cause individuals to lose their independence, land in a hospital or nursing home, or even die prematurely.
Chronic conditions are also expensive. Ninety-three percent of Medicare expenditures are for beneficiaries with multiple chronic conditions.
“We know there are proven programs that empower older adults to cope with their symptoms, eat well and exercise more, communicate with their doctors, and ultimately save on health care expenses,” said Richard Birkel, Senior Vice President for NCOA’s Center for Healthy Aging. “The challenge is bringing these programs to more individuals who need them—both in local communities and online. This agreement will help us accomplish that.”
NCOA will serve as a national clearinghouse for state and local organizations as they spread the use of programs such as the Stanford University Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) and disease-specific programs on diabetes, arthritis, HIV, and chronic pain.
For more information, please visit www.ncoa.org/CHA.
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