Promoting healthy aging so you can stay independent in your home longer!
By 2060, the number of older adults in the U.S. is projected to be nearly 100 million, up from 47.8 million today. Aging in place provides independence and autonomy while maintaining well-being through caring relationships and access to resources. One of the cornerstone resources for aging well is preventative "wellness" and falls prevention.
Inconsistent availability of geriatric preventative health care, due to limited availability, access, and affordability of services are significant challenges – as is a shortage of geriatric healthcare providers. A 2008 survey from the Institute of Medicine demonstrated that there is inadequate exposure to geriatric populations during training, and very few healthcare professionals develop an interest in the care of older adults. The result is that older adults living in rural and semi-urban communities have limited or no access to vital preventative health care resources in or close to home.
Central Michigan University (CMU), with support from Michigan Health Endowment Fund and Region VII Area Agency on Aging, is building the Healthy Aging Initiative. CMU, in partnership with the local County Commissions on Aging (Isabella, Clare, and Gratiot) and other stakeholders in the community will develop programs to improve older adult wellness, reduce the risk of falls and provide home-based replicable low-cost solutions for healthy aging. The initiative leverages CMU’s academic strengths to bring “wellness” and falls prevention programs to the older adults in the community.
Healthy Aging Initiative Programs
Healthy Aging Hotline: 989-774-1350
Healthy Aging Team
Jyotsna Pandey, M.D., Ph.D.
Inter-professional Education/Michigan Health Endowment Fund Coordinator