Monday, May 13, 2013

2013 Webinar Series - Improving the Health of Communities through the National Prevention Strategy

Healthy Aging – What is longevity without health? Adults today are looking not only to extend their lives, but to enjoy their extra years. By 2030, the proportion of the U.S. population aged 65 and older will double to about 71 million older adults, or one in every five Americans. The far-reaching implications of the rising number of older Americans and their growing diversity will include unprecedented demands on public health, aging services, and the nation’s health care system. This webinar will showcase several evidence-based and model programs focused on the physical, mental and spiritual health of older adults that are replicable in other States and communities.

Thursday, May 16, 2013 2:00 – 3:30 p.m., MT (4:00 – 5:30 p.m. ET)


2:00 – 2:05 Welcome and Adobe Connect logistics

Speakers: Cherri Pruitt, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services HRSA Region VIII Maternal and Child Health Consultant, and Courtney Hoskins, U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living, Aging Services Program Specialist

2:05 – 2:15 What is the National Prevention Strategy?

Speaker: RADM Zachary Taylor, MD, MS, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Region VIII, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

2:15 – 2:25 Healthy Aging

Health, Prevention and Wellness are priorities of the Administration for Community Living, Administration on Aging through funding from the Older Americans Act and other legislation. Ms. Boutaugh will provide an overview of Healthy Aging initiatives at the National level.

Speaker: Michele Boutaugh, BSN, MPH, Aging Services Program Specialist, Office of Nutrition and Health Promotion Programs at the Administration on Aging (AoA), Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services

2:25 – 2:35 Behavioral Health and Aging

Behavioral health is a state of mental and emotional well-being and/or choices and actions that affect wellness. Behavioral health problems—such as depression, substance abuse and misuse, and suicidal thoughts—are not a normal part of aging, yet these issues impact many Older Americans.

Speaker: Charles Smith, Ph.D., SAMHSA Regional Administrator

2:35 – 2:50 Senior Reach

Senior Reach is an award-winning, innovative and evidence-based program that provides behavioral health treatment, wellness and care management services at no cost to older adults (aged 60 and better) who are isolated, frail, or in need of support. In addition to counseling and wellness services, the program also has a well- established outreach and education service, also known as Community Partner trainings. Senior Reach’s Community Partner trainings educate individuals and professionals in the community to identify and refer seniors who are in need of extra support. This service can be thought of as a “mini mental health first aid training” specific to the older adult population.

Speaker: Liz Smith, LCSW, Director of Senior Services, Jefferson Center for Mental Health

2:50 – 3:05 Sage-ing® and the Role of Spirituality in Promoting Healthy Aging

Sage-ing® uses the power of circle and the support of community to affirm the importance of our elder years as a time for deep reflection, continued learning and spiritual growth. Based on the life’s work of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi’s as described in his book, From Age-ing to Sage-ing: A Profound New Vision for Growing Older, people are inspired to deepen their contemplative life, appreciate family and the life path they have taken, and get connected with like-minded friends through group sharing and exploring learning tools together. Sage-ing is designed for people of all ages interested in aging well. This webinar segment will provide a brief overview of the classic sage-ing topics and process used to promote healthy aging for individuals, direct service providers, and communities.

Speaker: Maureen Dobson, MSW, CSL, Health and Wellness Program Coordinator for City of Boulder’s Senior Services Division and Co-Chair of Sage-ing International – Education Committee

3:05 – 3:20 A Matter of Balance

Many older adults experience a fear of falling. People who develop this fear often limit their activities, which can result in physical weakness, making the risk of falling even greater. A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls is a program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. The Colorado Department of Human Services, Aging and Adult Services have been instrumental in establishing this important evidence based program in Colorado. Ms. Konetski will provide an overview of the program and information on how to replicate this program in other communities.

Speaker: Leighanna Konetski, RD, Program Specialist, Colorado Department of Human Services, Aging and Adult Services, State Unit on Aging

3:20 – 3:30 Question and Answer and additional resources

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