Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Federal Funding For Boomers & Seniors Health.

HHS Prevention and Wellness Initiative:

Federal funding will educate seniors to self-manage chronic illnesses

By Editor Of Everything's Long Beach

Communities Putting Prevention to Work:

Communities Putting Prevention to Work Chronic Disease Self-Management Program will provides funds so states can administer self-management programs to seniors with chronic diseases, build statewide delivery systems and develop the workforce that delivers these programs.

The first baby boomers will turn 65 in 2011 and of these, more than 37 million—or 6 out of 10—will be managing more than one chronic condition by 2030. For example, 14 million boomers will be living with diabetes while almost half of the boomers will live with arthritis (that number peaks to just over 26 million in 2020).

State agencies on aging, public health departments, and Medicaid agencies will work together to support the deployment of evidence-based chronic disease self-management programs targeted at older adults with chronic conditions. Grantees will serve at least 50,000 older adults and gather evidence regarding the impact of these programs on health behavior and the health status outcomes of the participants.

To see the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program State Funding Table, visit www.hhs.gov/recovery/cdc/awardschronicdisease.html. To learn more about the Chronic Disease Self-management Program grantees, visit http://www.aoa.gov/AoAroot/PRESS_Room/News/2009/03_18_09.aspx


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