September is Healthy Aging Month, an annual occurrence to raise awareness about the positive aspects of growing older.
As the numbers of people age 45 and older grows every year in our communities, the focus of September’s Healthy Aging Month is to inspire these adults to improve their overall health and well-being. This is the perfect opportunity to celebrate since – as many are thinking about beginning new tasks after the summer.
In support of this month, we are offering no-cost preventative screenings to new patients over the age of 45 without private or government insurance. This promotion includes screenings for diabetes, cholesterol and blood pressure. To redeem this promotion, one MUST first make an appointment. To make an appointment, please call 305-576-1234 EXT: 470 (English) and 471 (Spanish), and a virtual voucher will be assigned to you.**
According to Dr. Steven Santiago, Chief Medical Officer with Care Resource,
“The key to preventing cardiovascular disease in your older years is managing your risk factors, such as high blood pressure, high total cholesterol or high blood glucose. The best way to find out is through screening tests during regular doctor visits. For many patients, screening results can serve as a wake-up call. Higher than optimal cholesterol or body mass index, for example, may drive home the message that it’s time to modify your diet and get more physical activity. When the test comes back and you see abnormal numbers, it becomes personal. Suddenly, the idea of making lifestyle changes isn’t just a recommendation. It’s something that can impact your life and health.”
Residents of the U.S. are generally living longer these days, but more and more of them are developing chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease, which will shorten their lives and boost medical costs.
In fact, some 133 million adults, almost half the adult population, now have a chronic health condition, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Such a statistic might lead you to think illness and impairment are synonymous with aging, however, growing old doesn’t have to bring disability and disease. It’s never too late to start leading a healthier lifestyle. Even well into your 60s and 70s, one can take action to reduce their risk of developing chronic disease. A pathway to aging gracefully is living in an integrated society; maintaining a healthy diet and adequate exercise; pursuing the best possible education and lifetime learning; continuing to be involved in social and civic life; making adaptable housing choices; and remaining in control of one’s life.
About Care Resource:
Care Resource is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization and a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) with locations in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Care Resource provides comprehensive primary medical and preventive care, including dental care, in-house pharmacy services and behavioral health/substance abuse services to all individuals in South Florida’s diverse communities. For more information, please call 305.576.1234.