As people age, their risks for injurious falls and chronic disease diagnoses can increase. These issues cause pain, decreased physical activity, poor emotional health, reduced life quality, loss of independence, and disability. Fortunately, there are community programs to help older adults learn how to prevent/manage falls, manage disease symptoms, and increase physical activity and healthy diets. Your organization can help individuals in your community maintain active and fulfilling lives by offering evidence-based programs (EBP).
It takes a team to nurture an aging society. Individuals, families, community organizations, and healthcare organizations all have a vital role to play. As a complement to clinical care received in healthcare settings, evidence-based programs can teach older adults how to solve everyday problems, exercise properly and eat healthily, use medications appropriately, and communicate effectively with family members and healthcare professionals. This is where clinical and community connect!
After participating in EBP, older adults become empowered to improve their overall health and well-being. There are many types of EBP and each has its own structure and content. But, it can be difficult to know which EBP is most appropriate to select for your community and holder adult population. As such, we have developed this Clearinghouse to assist you to become familiar with EBP, different types of EBP, training associated with EBP, and strategies to deliver EBP in your area. Different types of EBP include:
- Fall prevention
- Chronic disease self-management
- Physical activity and lifestyle behaviors
- Mental health
Whether your organization is considering to deliver an EBP for the first time or you have been implementing EBP for years, we encourage you to explore the materials in our Clearinghouse and take advantage of those that are beneficial to you.