Falls are the leading cause of injury deaths in older adults. It is estimated that more than 1.1 million Texans age 60 and older fell in 2011. Our Matter of Balance program is helping senior citizens learn how to reduce the risk of falls that lead to injury and hospitalization. The free series of eight two-hour sessions lessens the fear of falling and increases strength and balance through exercise.
If you or a family member is coping with heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease, arthritis, depression or other chronic condition, you can learn how to manage your condition by attending six free Better Choices, Better Health classes. Call to learn when the next workshop will be held in your area.
More than 700,000 people go to the emergency room every year because of medication errors and adverse drug effects. The HomeMeds program uses a web-based database to assess a person’s prescriptions and over-the-counter products for possible errors such as unnecessary duplicate ingredients or potentially harmful combinations. This free service could save you money—and your life. This service is offered at various locations in the community, but can be done in your home too.
United Way’s Live Well healthy aging and independent living initiative uses “community health navigators” to train people with chronic health conditions to take an active role in improving or maintaining their health. Community health navigators first evaluate the knowledge and confidence their clients have to manage their own healthcare. Then they help them map out a plan to take charge of their health through actions designed to reach specific goals. Gradually the clients’ perspectives change from passive to confident; from “My doctor is in charge of my health” to “I’m my own advocate.”
This bilingual program offers people with diabetes free individual counseling and education on how to manage their diabetes in order to improve or maintain their health. The services are provided at North Texas Area Community Health Centers, and insurance is not required.
Diabetes is one of the leading causes of preventable hospitalizations and emergency room visits. Learn whether you have diabetes or are at a high nutritional risk for developing diabetes. If you are at risk, you can receive free counseling in your home and over the phone from a registered dietitian or certified diabetes instructor.