The Alliance for Aging, in partnership with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and Florida Health Networks, is working to effectively address the health challenges of the older adults of Miami-Dade and Monroe counties by providing evidence-based healthy aging programs.
These programs are carried out at community centers, housing complexes and faith-based organizations at no charge to seniors 60 years and older, who either have a chronic disease or are caring for someone with a chronic disease. These programs are made possible through the collaboration of many organizations who contribute to the basic implementation requirements.
Living Healthy/Tomando Control de su Salud
Living Healthy was developed by Stanford University. This group-based course, facilitated by trained lay leaders, assists with managing individuals’ chronic conditions during the six weekly sessions. Each session lasts 2.5 hours. Tomando Control de su Salud is a language and cultural adaptation of this program to achieve the same goals.
Participant comment: “Now I have more energy than I’ve had in years. I’m calmer and more confident about my health.”
A Matter of Balance/Un Asunto de Equilibrio
A Matter of Balance was adapted from Boston University Roybal Center by Maine’s Partnership for Healthy Aging. Trained lay coaches teach practical coping strategies to reduce fear of falling and physical activity exercises to diminish the risk of falling for eight sessions, which lasts for two hours. Un Asunto de Equilibrio is a direct Spanish translation of this curriculum.
Participant comment:“I played shuffle yesterday for the first time in five years! This class gave me the confidence to overcome my fear and get on the shuffle court.”
Diabetes Self-Management/Programa de Manejo Personal de la Diabetes
Diabetes Self-Management was developed by Stanford University. This group-based course, facilitated by trained lay leaders, teaches individuals how to manage type 2 diabetes during the six weekly sessions. Each session lasts 2.5 hours. Participants learn techniques to manage their blood glucose (sugar) better, ways to deal with symptoms of diabetes, proper medication use and healthy eating.
Participant comment:“Prior to this workshop, I felt so upset and angry about my diagnosis. I was uncertain about how to care for myself and felt rather hopeless. After completing the course, however, I now feel more in control and confident about my future.”
To learn more about participating or assisting with the delivery of evidence-based self-management programs, call the Alliance for Aging at 305-670-6500.