Quality and years of healthy life are improved for adults over age 65.
People over 65 are the fastest growing age group in Carroll County. By 2030, their number is expected to more than double, to be almost a quarter of the County’s entire population. Our 2012 Community Health Needs Assessment identified chronic disease prevention as a top priority for everyone in our community. However, chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease affect older adults more than younger people. The Elder Health Leadership Team seeks to help prevent chronic and infectious diseases and promotes safety so that older adults can live the longest, healthiest lives possible.
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Elder Health Leadership Team
The Elder Health Leadership Team is a group of concerned citizens and representatives from leading local organizations whose missions involve service to populations over age 65. Members are generally informed and interested in the field of elder health and elder services. Activities of this Leadership Team include:
- Promoting awareness of elder health needs revealed during the regular Community Health Needs Assessment process,
- Developing and leading strategies to improve health in the over-65 population of Carroll County,
- Tracking progress through data which measures the health of older adults in our community.
The Elder Health Leadership Team meets regularly and community participation is welcomed. Meeting times and locations may vary. To attend, please confirm the meeting time and location with a staff contact person.
Obesity, Diabetes, and Heart Disease
The Elder Health Leadership Team seeks to improve the health of older adults in our community by promoting good nutrition and physical activity. Our ultimate goal is to reduce the chronic diseases and disease risk factors of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease in this age group. Team members are currently working on stroke awareness. Call 9-1-1 at the first signs of a stroke: face drooping, sudden, one-sided weakness of arm or leg, speech difficulty, sudden severe headache, or sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
Nearly 3 out of 4 Americans aged 65 and older have diabetes or pre-diabetes – but many don’t know it. Most people who are age 65 and older on Medicare can get a free test for diabetes once a year. You can also talk to your doctor or other health care provider about things you can do to help prevent or delay diabetes. Knowing is better than not knowing. CLICK HERE for more information.
The Team strives to work with other local organizations and agencies as much as possible, and coordinates with our Chronic Disease Prevention & Intervention Leadership Team in the areas of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
Immunization greatly reduces illness and deaths due to influenza. With the aging of our population, more adults will be at risk for this major cause of illness and death. Influenza vaccines are covered by Medicare, so immunizing more older adults is possible. This Action Team, a sub-group of the Elder Health Leadership Team, is working on strategies to help Carroll County meet the Healthy People 2020 objective that 90% of non-institutionalized adults aged 65 and older are vaccinated every year against influenza.
Seniors on the Go Aging and Disabilities Expo
The Seniors on the Go Expo, produced by the Carroll County Bureau of Aging and Disabilities, is the premier annual event in Carroll County with information and services for older adults. It focuses on the needs and interests of older adults, people with disabilities, and their families and caregivers. The Elder Health Leadership Team and its members are proud to support and participate in the Expo.
The Partnership annually recognizes the outstanding achievements of groups and individuals who make our community of Carroll County a healthier place to live. If you know of person or organization deserving recognition, please consider nominating them for one of our Awards.
Resources for Healthy Aging (NEW!)
CDC Community-Based Fall Prevention Resources
Care.com – caregiver support resources and articles.
Caring Carroll, Inc.
Carroll County Adult Evaluation and Review Services – Carroll County Health Department
Carroll County Bureau of Aging and Disabilities
The Center for the Study of Aging – McDaniel College
Healthy Aging – US Centers for Disease Control
Maryland Department of Aging
Maryland Influenza Tracking
Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST)
National Aging Statistics
National Care Planning Council
National Stroke Association
Seniors on the Go Aging and Disabilities Expo