SC Aging Help for the Aging
Aging is a complicated issue, but the Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging (LGOA) is here to help. The LGOA partners with a network of regional and local organizations to enhance the quality of life for seniors and vulnerable adults.
Working with the LGOA, Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) divide the state into ten regions, each having staff members who assist with various programs, including home-delivered meals; group dining sites; transportation; home care services; respite; family caregiver support; disease prevention and health promotion; and information and referral services.
To further assist, the LGOA recently launched a new website, www.getcaresc.com, which connects seniors, caregivers, and family members with resources (searchable by ZIP code) available in their communities. If we may be of assistance to you or someone you know, visit our site or contact us at 1-800-868-9095, and ask to be connected to your local Area Agency on Aging.
Get Ahead of Diabetes
Preventive care for diabetes has been in the works since the late 1990’s, when researchers set out to see if they could identify people at high risk, then intervene to delay or prevent disease development. They found when treated with an intensive lifestyle intervention program (150 minutes of exercise per week and a low-fat diet to achieve 7 percent weight loss), study participants reduced their risk of diabetes by 58 percent. Those over age 60 saw a 71 percent reduction. This research was then modified to work in a real-life classroom, which led to the CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), a yearlong program (offered in-person or online) that includes 16 weekly classes focused on eating night , exercising, and losing weight, followed by monthly maintenance meetings. In 2012 the YMCA partnered with the Center for Medicare & Medicaid innovation (CMMI) to determine if the DPP could cut Medicaid spending. And it did-significantly. Over 15 months, Medicare saved $2,650 per person enrolled-more than enough to cover the program cost (about $500). That’s huge– the Medicare program spends 1 in 3 of its dollars on diabetes. As a result , Medicare announced that starting January 1, 2018, it will cover the DPP for those diagnosed with prediabetes. Without healthy lifestyle changes , 15-30 percent of the 86 million Americans with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years, according tot the CDC. “Type 2 is one of the most preventable diseases there is, “says Heather Hodge, national director of the YMCA DPP. “Take advantage of the moment”.
Could you have prediabetes? Take the test to find out: doihaveprediabetes.org
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