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1 American Association of Service Coordinators National Conference Omni Dallas August 17-20, 2014 The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) oversees the provision of long-term services for: Adults and children with medical or physical disabilities, Older adults (60+) and caregivers, and Adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. DADS also: Regulates nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, and Provides other services and opportunities for community involvement. 1

2 DADS MISSION To provide a comprehensive array of aging and disability services, supports, and opportunities that are easily accessed in local communities. THE CHANGING FACE OF TEXAS Between 2011 and 2040, the population age 65 and over is projected to increase from 2.6 to 7.5 million. A growth rate of 188% 2

3 THE CHANGING FACE OF TEXAS BABY BOOMERS Currently between the ages of Represent 26% of the US population, and 20.2% of the Texas population Every 8 seconds one of the 78 million boomers turns 60 Projections suggest that by 2020, 25% of the U.S. workforce will be at least 55 years old By 2030, the U.S. population 65 and older will double to about 71 million older adults, or one in every five Americans. The Age Well Live Well program provides resources and tools to help individuals and local communities address the challenges associated with aging. 3

4 WHO SHOULD AGE WELL LIVE WELL? You - Disease and disability were once considered an inevitable part of growing older, but that is no longer true. By engaging in some preventative measures now, you can be healthy and active well as you age. Family and Friends Share the benefits of aging well with those you love. Having family and friends engage in Age Well Live Well activities with you improves their health and keeps everyone socially connected. Community - With Age Well Live Well, local and state organizations partner to provide valuable information and opportunities for older Texans and people with disabilities. Age Well Live Well focuses on: Improving the physical health of Texans and the state Providing opportunities for Texans to volunteer with older adults and people with disabilities Creating awareness of aging issues and resources offered through Age Well Live Well partners and the aging and disability network Engaging local communities in collaborative partnerships that benefit everyone 4

5 In % U.S. adults were obese or overweight - an increase of 2.4 million from % of adult Texans were overweight or obese. More than 1 in 4 adult Texans were obese. Obesity cost Texas 9.5 billion From 1990 to 2009, the prevalence of obese adult Texans more than doubled. Obesity related health care costs account for 9.1% of the U.S. annual health costs. Texas is 2 nd in the nation for diagnosed diabetes. Texas is #9 most physically inactive state and #13 in highest adult obesity. People who participate in physical activity on a regular basis lower their risk of developing a chronic disease by 30-50%. With regular physical activity, 58% of people with pre-diabetes were able to temporarily or permanently delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. Preventable illness makes up approximately 80% of the burden of illness and 90% of all healthcare costs. 5

6 Texercise - a statewide health promotions program of DADS, educates and involves individuals and communities in physical activities and proper nutrition. Texercise provides tools and resources to assist with making healthy lifestyle changes. Educational resources to help create understanding of the importance of a healthy diet and regular physical activity. Motivational resources to encourage participation and adoption of healthy habits. Recognition resources to formally recognize participants efforts. Texercise resources include: Handbook and DVD Texercise Classic 12-Week program and Coordinators Kits Champions program and resources Texercise Trail toolkit Fact sheets Incentives GetFitTexas! online physical activity tracking Posters Presentations Media Kits Website Certificates Technical Support 6

7 Nutrition facts and recommendations Proper warm-up and cool down 4 Types of Exercise Fitness Logs GetFitTexas! is an online physical activity tracking tool that provides Texans with a method to record and monitor the time and type of exercise they engage in. Evidence shows that keeping a record of physical activity will help people stay motivated and committed to healthy behavior changes. 7

8 Texercise Champions help create local health and wellness programs through: outreach and awareness presentations, developing community events, and recruiting and mentoring local Texercise leaders. Texercise Champions are provided with ongoing support and the tools and resources to help them succeed! flash drive with a power point presentations 12-week Texercise coordinator s kits high-level recognition (shirts) media/promotions guide resource information 8

9 Volunteerism 2011 Texas Statistics 4.64 million (24.7%) Texans volunteered Average of 30 volunteer service hours per person Total of million volunteer services hours Valued at $12.4 billion Volunteerism As the number of Texans 60+ increases and medical advances enable people to live longer, the needs of this population easily exceeds available resources. Volunteers provide social and emotional support in long-term care facilities and expand community outreach efforts. Community support creates new resources, services and opportunities for Texans. 9

10 Resource and Information Sharing Creating awareness and sharing information helps establish programs and services and ensures community readiness. Raises awareness Educates residents Highlights needs Keeps the issues prominent Galvanizes support Enlists new partners Partners Partnerships support the coordination of programs and services, and lead to innovative practices. Partners are the key to the community AWLW programs. When developing a local AWLW collaborative, include these statewide and local partners: City leadership Service Providers Community Homes Nonprofit/Civic Corporate Faith based Medical Media DADS AAA/ADRC AgriLIFE Academic PARD 10

11 AWLW to Date 2012 First AWLW community launched in Denton Foundation partners University of North Texas Texas Women's University Denton City Leadership North Central Texas AAA Established Goals, Vision and Mission Developed Strategic Map 2013 DADS developed 5 AWLW communities Denton, West Central, Harris, Bexar and Tarrant Launched the AWLW website Developed planning tools/resources Operational Plan template Survey template Marketing fact sheet templates Sustainability worksheets 2014 Developing AWLW communities in East Texas, Dallas and Ft. Bend County 11

12 Launched January 2012 Foundation partners University of North Texas Texas Women's University Denton City Leadership North Central Texas AAA Developed Strategic Map with Vision goals and timelines Assessed local resources Created outcome-based sustainability measurements Recruiting local businesses to take on "Mayor's Challenge" to become Age Well Live Well organizations Held "Mayor's Mile" community fitness event Creating business toolkit with programming ideas and best practices Conducting needs assessment Recruiting volunteers to expand the reach of Denton AWLW Current activities: Recruiting local businesses to take on "Mayor's Challenge" to become Age Well Live Well organizations Held "Mayor's Mile" community fitness event Creating business toolkit with programming ideas and best practices Coordinating fitness events for discrete target populations Engaging UNT students to create intergenerational marketing program Preparing to conduct comprehensive needs assessment, using DADS Community Planning Toolkit Recruiting volunteers to expand reach of AAA evidence-based programs 12

13 Harris: Launched May 2013 Holding ongoing AWLW activities/classes : Medication Management, Matter of Balance, Texercise, Park Plaza Living Series Abilene: Launched June 2013 Holding ongoing community events Hosting monthly AWLW radio show Bexar: Launched Sept 2013 Partnering with Mayors Fitness Council & Fit City San Antonio (SA) Identifying and training host sites for evidence based programming - A Matter of Balance, Stanford s Chronic Disease and Diabetes Self-Management Programs, and Texercise Collaborated with SA No More Falls Coalition and SAFD to educate on balance & falls prevention Tarrant: Developed marketing and awareness materials including: book marks, dedicated phone line ( ) and webpage - Trained Tarrant County librarians on the HELP program and resources Hosted Literacy in Tarrant County Adults symposium Age Well Live Well wellness activities You Get a Texercise handbook and engage in regular physical activity, eat well, get regular preventative screenings, if you use tobacco stop, get plenty of rest and avoid stress Family and Friends Share the importance of staying healthy and ways they can get active, engage in healthy activities together Community Offer wellness programs, share what programs are available, implement environmental supports that encourage physical activity (e.g. walking trails) AWLW Resources Texercise Local parks and community centers A Matter of Balance Walk Across Texas National Resources Go4Life 13

14 Volunteerism Age Well Live Well Volunteer activities You Volunteer your time to a activity or cause that is meaningful to you Family and Friends Tell them about the benefits of staying socially engaged, volunteer together Community Provide volunteer opportunities for your community, communicate what volunteer activities are available Age Well Live Well Volunteer Resources Ombudsman RSVP Meals on Wheels Volunteer Match National Volunteer Resources United We Serve Resource and Information Sharing Age Well Live Well information sharing activities You Learn about the services and programs available Family and Friends Let your loved ones know about available programs and services Community Provide resource sheets, websites, clearinghouses that highlight the available programs/services, establish partnerships to help spread the word Resource and Information Tools DADS AWLW resource sheet Local senior/community centers AAA/ADRCs AgriLIFE Administration on Community Living/Administration on Aging National Institute on Aging 14

15 The Age Well Live Well Challenge Assess your health and the health of your community Use the Texercise self-assessment to develop a personal health plan Provide 12-week Texercise programs Volunteer in your community Create awareness of available resources Join/Develop local Age Well Live Well collaboratives Share your stories Contact Ken Bomar DADS Marketing Director c: e: Claire Irwin Volunteer Program Manager p: e: 15

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