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.
King County Care Partners (KCCP) formed in 2006 to provide chronic care management for Medicaid fee-for-service adult patients. ADS, Harborview Medical Center and four community health centers work together to offer care management, education and assistance, and coordination of medical services to eligible patients. For more information on this program, visit www.kccarepartners.org.
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, also known as the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP), is a community-based self-management program that assists people with chronic illness. 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 low-income veterans age 55+ and their spouses, widows, or domestic partners. 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.