Studies show that preventive measures such as increasing physical activity, improving nutrition and conducting health screenings go a long way toward managing chronic conditions and reducing associated disabilities as people age. As such, many of these initiatives emphasize chronic disease self-management and health behavior change.
Aging and Disability Services (ADS) provides a variety of care coordination services for Medicaid and dually-eligible Medicare-Medicaid long-term care case management clients who have chronic health conditions. For more information, visit Improve Health Care.
Every year, one in three Americans aged 65+ falls. In King County, nearly 4,000 older adults fall each year. Visit our Falls Prevention webpage for tools that can make a difference in your community.
Living Well with Chronic Conditions is a suite of community-based self-management program that assists people with chronic illness, including:
- Chronic Disease Self-Management Program
- Diabetes Self-Management Program
- Chronic Pain Self-Management Program
- Positive Self-Management Program
- Cancer: Thriving and Surviving
For each program, a series of six workshops, held once a week in a community setting, is facilitated by two trained leaders, one or both of whom are non-health professionals who have chronic diseases themselves.
Developed by Stanford University School of Medicine, the evidence-based CDSMP model emphasizes the patient's role in managing illness. Peer trainers help participants build self-confidence and adopt healthy behaviors.
For more information on this program, visit www.agingkingcounty.org/livingwell.
Older adults face a range of special oral health concerns, including root decay and periodontal disease. Aging and Disability Services is fortunate to have received a grant from the Washington Dental Service Foundation to integrate oral health awareness and education in our long term care services.
The Program to Encourage Active, Rewarding Lives for Seniors (PEARLS) is a community-integrated program to treat older adults with disabilities who also have minor depression. PEARLS is available to ADS-funded case management clients in King County and to veterans age 55+, military spouses, and spouse survivors. For more information, visit www.agingkingcounty.org/PEARLS.
Enhance Wellness is a motivational intervention that encourages older adults to take on health challenges and maintain control of their lives. Formerly known as the Health Enhancement Program, Enhance Wellness is a community based health promotion effort of Project Enhance.
To view a brief video about programs listed above, click on the image below.