Seniors get Education Tailored to their own Health Concerns
What Has ANR Done?Focus groups were conducted with 57 seniors from two Sacramento County housing facilities. The participants were asked: What are your major health concerns and what would you like to know more about? Diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and high blood pressure were the most commonly noted major health concerns. The focus group responses were used to create an educational program for senior consumers, which was subsequently presented in English and Russian at the two senior housing facilities.
The program increased awareness among seniors of the importance of exercise, nutrition and regular doctor visits. At the end, they were able to identify major health concerns, list steps toward healthy aging, recognize personal areas to change for healthy aging, and discuss risk factors associated with breast cancer, heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis.
Seniors Adopt Steps Toward Healthy AgingSenior consumers are concerned about their health. Many of them experience symptoms that may be signs of chronic disease. These seniors are interested in knowing how to prevent chronic disease and to make changes in their behavior to promote healthy aging. Healthy seniors can remain in their homes with little assistance. As health care costs continue to rise, it is imperative for seniors to learn how to promote healthy aging.
Clientele TestimonialComments from senior consumers following the education program:
“I will exercise and try to stay on my diet. Also, I’m going to see a doctor regularly.”
“Exercise, watch my diet, and increase social communication.”
ContactGloria J. Barrett, County Director and
Community Development/Public Policy Advisor, 4145 Branch Center Road, Sacramento, CA 95827-3898, (916) 875-6520, firstname.lastname@example.org