New York Hospital Queens understands the importance of helping seniors age safely so they can continue to live at home independently. So their Center for Healthy Aging has collaborated with community-based senior programs and senior housing facilities to create a new preventive health program to provide seniors the education and support they need to stay well.
This program provides workshops on how to stay healthy, including fall prevention, diabetes management, heart health, and vision care. Seniors also benefit from adult vaccinations and various screenings: fall risk, diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular. Health coaches coordinate care with doctors, community agencies, and the hospital to ensure seniors are getting the health services they need. This includes making doctors' appointments and arranging the necessary transportation to get there. To date, several thousand seniors have benefitted from this preventive health program.