Part of enhancing the quality of life for older adults, individuals with disabilities, and their caregivers is paying attention to concerns over health and safety. Here’s how we’re addressing chronic health conditions, elder abuse, and scams targeting the elderly.
MANAGE CHRONIC ILLNESSES & HEALTH ISSUES
The LiveWell Chronic Disease Self-Management Program is an evidence-based program created at Stanford University’s Patient Education Research Center. The goal of the program is to provide the tools with which people can better manage their chronic illnesses and health issues. The program includes six weekly workshops that discuss techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation; appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance; appropriate use of medications; communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals; nutrition; and, how to evaluate new treatments. Workshops are held in community settings such as senior centers, churches, libraries, clinics, and hospitals. The workshops include people with many different health conditions and are led by two trained leaders who may be professionals or peer leaders living with a chronic condition or caretaker of someone with a chronic condition. The program is built upon three underlying assumptions:
- Regardless of the chronic condition, people have similar problems and concerns and face similar challenges.
- People can learn the skills needed to better manage their disease and the day to day issues they face.
- People who understand and take control of their condition will be healthier and happier.
The Live Well Program is sponsored by NCAAA in conjunction with the CT State Department on Aging and the CT Department of Public Health.
Approximately 5 million older adults fall victim to abuse, exploitation, or neglect* on an annual basis. Unfortunately, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Many experts believe that for every one reported case of elder abuse, there are probably at least 23 that go un-reported and un-detected. *This includes self-neglect.
The protection of older adults from mistreatment, exploitation, and/or abuse is one of the five core services offered under the Older Americans Act. If you suspect that you or an older adult you know is in trouble, the State of Connecticut offers the following resources:
Are you interested in learning more or becoming involved in the movement to address elder abuse?
Learn more about the statewide CT Elder Justice Coalition.
ELDER ABUSE PROGRAM
The Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) program is aimed at educating older adults and their families about waste, fraud, and abuse in the Medicare system. This program has also devoted a significant amount of time to identifying and providing information around consumer scams and financial exploitation. A largely volunteer program in the spirit of the CHOICES program, SMP volunteers are concerned citizens, often retired professionals, who empower seniors to prevent health care fraud through outreach and education. NCAAA offers a full complement of training, which provides participants with knowledge about the SMP program, Medicare basics, and Medicare fraud, waste, and abuse. Once trained, volunteers conduct presentations, distribute information at community events to educate Medicare beneficiaries, caregivers and other seniors on ways to prevent, detect and report Medicare fraud, waste, and abuse. Additional information about the SMP program is available from Senior Medicare Patrol. If you are interested in learning more about the program, email us and ask for our Coordinator of Volunteers.