Aging Well Neighborhood Page
Welcome to the Aging Well Neighborhood (AWN), an initiative funded by Community Memorial Foundation!
Our vision is to transform the health and healthcare services of aging adults through the creation of a "health neighborhood" that assists the whole person and affirms the benefits of a life-long process of wellness and prevention.
Our mission is to join medical and social service providers to deliver coordinated care by tapping into our community assets and resources to address social determinants of health (how we live, work, grow and age) in the Greater Lyons Township area.
The AWN has the following three teams to carry out its work in the community and in clinical care:
The Prevention Team identifies local businesses that support aging in place and reduce social isolation and encourages them to become "Aging Well Neighborhood Partners". At the end of 2014, we met with folks and asked you where do you go in our community and what helps or hinders you. We wanted to know more about what makes places easier to access for older adults.
From these community talks, a checklist of suggestions was created. We are now going to local businesses and asking them what they are doing for older adults, checking the list, and having discussions about being aware and accommodating the growing older adult population.
Businesses receive a decal so that folks will know which businesses provide a high level of customer service and value their aging patrons. Please look for the Aging Well Neighborhood Partner decal! It means these businesses do a little extra when needed to help those who need it.
The following businesses are
The Chronic Conditions Team works with community organizations and health providers to increase participation in evidence-based health workshops for older adults Take Charge of Your Health (managing chronic health conditions) and (A Matter of Balance) preventing falls.
Please call 708-354-1323 ext. 259 or email AWN@agingcareconnections.org to find out when the next workshop starts in your area!
Almost 80% of older adults have a chronic condition and 68% have two or more chronic conditions. Take Charge of Your Health workshops are an important tool in reducing hospital visits, learning healthier behaviors, and talking with your doctor and family.
This 6-week workshop (6 classes; 2.5 hours) is for adults with one or more chronic health condition and/or caregivers who've been impacted by a family member's chronic health condition. Social learning is encouraged through group discussion and problem-solving to build confidence in managing health and life.
Learn strategies such as: how to deal with difficult emotions, action-planning to achieve goals, appropriate use of medications, effectively communicating with family and health professionals, nutrition, and more! Take Charge of Your Diabetes is also available and focuses more on nutrition, meal planning, and diabetic health concerns.
More information about chronic disease self-management can be found at: http://patienteducation.stanford.edu/programs/cdsmp.html
Each year 1 out of 3 older adults falls. A Matter of Balance workshops are an important opportunity for older adults to learn how to reduce anxiety about falling and develop exercises to help with balance and mobility.
This 8-week workshop (8 classes; 2 hours) is for adults concerned about falls, have sustained falls in the past, have restricted activities due to concerns about falling, and/or are interested in improving flexibility, balance, and strength.
Participants use a variety of activities to address physical, social, and cognitive factors affecting fear of falling. Learn fall prevention strategies through group discussion, problem-solving, skill building, assertiveness training, and integrated exercises.
More information about A Matter of Balance found at: http://www.mainehealth.org/mob
The High Utilizers Team uses a person-centered approach to lower health costs. Working directly with older adults who frequently use hospital services when primary care options are more appropriate, the team will coordinate community resources to stabilize the high utilizers' health and reduce their hospital use.
Aging Well Neighborhood Collaborative Members
Aging Care Connections serves as the Aging Well Neighborhood's lead agency. In partnership with Community Memorial Foundation, they collaborate with 12 for-profit and non-profit organizations serving the Greater Lyons Township. The full list of members includes: Rush Health and Aging, Cantata, AgeOptions, Pillars, King Bruwaert House, Illinois Association of Family Physicians, West Suburban Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Helping Hand Center, Mujeres Latinas en Acción, AMITA Health, Interfaith Community Partners and Independence-4-Seniors, Inc.
Aging Well, a program of Aging Care Connections, is dedicated to working with communities to create an environment in which people can age well. Serving 20 communities in the Lyons, Riverside, and south Proviso Township areas, the program is composed of hundreds of older adults and more than 130 community based organizations working together to create an environment in which people can age well.
Aging Well volunteer Community Action Teams are in communities throughout Lyons, Riverside, and south Proviso Townships. The teams include older adults and individuals from community based organizations working together to address aging issues in their local communities.
To find out more information about your local Community Action Team or obtain information about Aging Well, please contact Linda Hussey, Aging Well Program Coordinator, at 708-354-1323 ext. 242.
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