On June 12, the Centre County Partnership for Community Health will hold a Brown Bag Lunch on the topic of healthy aging. What a great opportunity for the community to come to the table to discuss the role each of us plays in supporting the goal of healthy aging!
Some questions we might address include: How do we plan for needs as we age as opposed to making a rushed decision? How do we encourage and support positive changes for individuals that will have an effect on their health and well-being? How can our community support those changes?
Under the auspices of the state’s department of aging and its aging services network, over 930,000 older Pennsylvanians receive lottery-funded and other services through commonwealth-supported programs.
Yet the PA Department of Aging recognizes that it has more to do. The major themes in the State Plan on Aging include timely access to services, choice of services, and improving health outcomes.
Examples of successful programs addressing those themes highlighted in the State Plan are the Healthy Steps for Older Adults fall-prevention program and Pennsylvania’s approach to nursing home transitions. Identifying these and other programs as worth replicating, along with concentrating on priority themes, led to the development of four goals for the 2012-2016 State Plan on Aging:
- Improve access to care for older individuals at the right time, in the right setting, and at the right intensity.
- Empower older individuals to remain in the setting of their choice by serving as a catalyst in developing communities as places in which to age and live well.
- Direct older individuals to the supports necessary to maximize their health and well-being.
- Revitalize and redesign the aging services network to enhance the lives of older individuals.
We all know loved ones, neighbors, and friends who are facing choices and making decisions that will affect their quality of life as they age. Eventually, the concerns of healthy aging become a top priority for each one of us. Let’s talk about it on June 12th.
If you go:
CCPCH Brown Bag Lunch Series—Talking About Healthy Aging
June 12, Noon to 2 pm
Calvary Baptist Church, 1250
University Drive, State College, PA
Please bring your own lunch