Health promotion programs engage and empower individuals and communities to choose healthy behaviors. These changes reduce the risk of developing chronic disease and increase health and wellness. Health promotion and disease prevention programs can often address “social determinants of health.” These are the economic, social, cultural conditions in which people are born, grow, and live that impact health outcomes.
Northeast Kansas Area Agency on Aging has several health promotion programs:
The HomeMeds (also known as the Medication Management Improvement System) addresses medication problems among frail older adults. Northeast Area Agency on Aging staff members work with a consulting pharmacist to verify the accuracy and appropriateness of the client’s current medication list, identify problems that warrant re-evaluation by the physician, and follow through with the client and physician to resolve identified problems. Set up a HomeMeds visit with NEKAAA staff, call 785-742-7152.
Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention
The Tai Chi for Arthritis for Fall Prevention Program is an evidenced based program recommended by the CDC. Both programs incorporate tai chi principles for improving health and wellness and are proven effective for fall prevention.