Polk County Health Department

Resources for Healthy Aging

WHAT IS HEALTHY AGING?

BETTER CHOICES/BETTER HEALTH-CHRONIC DISEASE SELF-MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

Better Choices/Better Health-Chronic Disease Self-Management Program is a Stanford University evidence-based program for adults that have chronic health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and emphysema. Do you experience fatigue, frustration, pain and/or limitations? If so, there is a healthy way to live with a chronic health condition and overcome the physical and emotional problems caused by the condition.

**FALL 2012- NEW UPDATED CURRICULUM**

Stanford University has updated the program curriculum with new activities and materials

A MATTER OF BALANCE MANAGING CONCERNS ABOUT FALLS

A Matter of Balance can help reduce the fear of falling and increase the activity levels of older adults who have concerns about falling. Classes are taught by lay led coaches twice a week for four weeks for two hours. For healthcare professionals and members of the public who are seeking information about preventing falls in Iowa visit: http://www.idph.state.ia.us/FallPrevention/

BECOME A PROVIDER AGENCY

Interested in bringing Better Choices, Better Health-Chronic Disease Self-Management or A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls programs to your agency, site or workplace? Opportunities are available to become a provider agency with these low cost evidence-based prevention programs.

Evidence-based prevention programs are grounded in sound theory with well-designed evaluation measures to demonstrate effectiveness.

What are some of the benefits of evidence-based programs?
  • Increases the likelihood of positive outcomes
  • Increases effective use of resources to enhance programming
  • Makes the spread of programs easier to market and engage partners
  • Provides common measurable outcomes
  • Assists with getting funding
References:
Chronic Disease Self-Management Program:

http://patienteducation.stanford.edu/programs/cdsmp.html

A Matter of Balance:

http://psychsocgerontology.oxfordjournals.org/content/53B/6/P384.short
http://www.mmc.org/workfiles/mh_PFHA/JAGarticle.pdf
http://www.mainehealth.org/mh_body.cfm?id=432

Polk County Health Department provides support and technical assistance. To become a provider agency, please contact Polk County Health Department at (515) 286-3767 or tammy.keiter@polkcountyiowa.gov.


Contact Us

Phone: (515)-286-3798
Fax: (515)-286-2033
Toll free: 866-209-1300
Email:
healthdept@polkcountyiowa.gov


Address: 1907, Carpenter Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50314