Did You Know…
- Chronic diseases are responsible for 7 of 10 deaths each year, and treating people with chronic diseases accounts for 86% of our nation’s health care costs. (1)
- More than 15% of Coloradoans age 65+ have diabetes. (2)
- 77% of fall-related deaths in Colorado involve older adults. (3)
The Weld Aging Well Program was established in correlation with the Administration on Aging’s Health, Prevention, and Wellness Program to focus on the utilization of evidence-based self-management programs.
Evidence-based programs have been determined by research to have a positive health outcome and have been published. The workshops are offered in various locations throughout Weld County.
A Matter of Balance is specifically designed to reduce the fear of falling, stop the fear of falling cycle, and increase activity levels among community-dwelling older adults. The program focuses on practical coping strategies. A variety of activities address physical, social, and cognitive factors affecting fear of falling. The workshop is offered over 8 sessions for 2 hours each session.
Healthier Living is a six week, 2 1/2 hour per week workshop. People with any type of chronic conditions (such as hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, and/or asthma) learn tools to be more effective in managing their disease conditions. Some topics include: techniques to deal with frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation; importance of exercise and proper nutrition; medication management; and improving communication with family, friends, and health care professionals.
Be Well with Diabetes is a six week, 2 1/2 hour per week workshop designed to help individuals manage their diabetes. The program empowers older adults with diabetes to manage their care better by helping them to develop and carry out weekly action plans, learn tools such as label reading, meal planning, depression management and the importance of exercise to name a few.
Powerful Tools for Caregivers program provides family caregivers with tools to increase their self-care and confidence. Class participants report a significant improvement in behaviors such as exercise, relaxation techniques and health self-care; improved emotions, including reduced anger, guilt, and depression; increased self-efficacy in coping with caregiver demands; and increased use of community services.
Strong People is a strength training class. Participants experience an increase in muscle mass and strength; improved bone density and reduced risk for osteoporosis and related fractures; reduced risk for diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, depression, and obesity; and improved self-confidence, sleep and vitality.
Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance is a beginner tai chi class focusing on improving balance. Participants learn 8 forms of the traditional 24 Yang-style tai chi. Tai chi may also improve mobility, flexibility, and psychological well-being.
Tomando Control de su Salud Sea proactivo y aprenda las herramientas para manejar usted mismo su condición crónica por ejemplo enfermedades del corazón, diabetes, artritis, COPD, dolor, etc. Aprenda a aplicar los conocimientos, como una nutrición adecuada, el desarrollo de un programa de ejercicios. Este Taller se reúne una vez a la semana durante 6 semanas.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
- R.E. Mechanic, Disease management: A promising approach for health care purchaser, National Health Care Purchasing Institute, May 2002.