Living Stronger, Longer Through PROTECTION

American Public Health Association 

Several chronic diseases can be treated -- if they are detected in time. Yet only one-third of older Americans receive all recommended screening measures. For example, 60 percent of Americans over age 65 have not had a sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy in the past five years -- two tests that can screen for colorectal cancer -- even though Medicare covers both services. Encouraging the use of chronic disease procedures, including those covered by Medicare and other health insurance programs, or provided by CDC and local health departments will help ensure older adults live stronger, longer.

The American Public Health Association is encouraging all American to use National Public Health Week as an opportunity to get screened for diseases or conditions for which they could be at risk -- from cancer or diabetes to glaucoma or hearing loss -- or take their parent or grandparent in for a screening.

Timely and appropriate prescription medication management is crucial to protect against a decrease in overall health for seniors. Americans age 65 and older make up 12 percent of the U.S. population, but account for 34 percent of all prescription medication use. According to researchers, about 60 percent of older adults take their prescriptions improperly, and approximately 140,000 die each year as a result. Ensuring proper use and dosage of prescription medication can significantly improve the well being of older adults.

  • Macon County Health Fair and Women's Seminar, Macon Country Health Department, Decatur, IL.
    http://www.apha.org/nphw/calendar/index.cfm?fuseaction=event&eventid=935

  • Community Health Screenings, Weatherwax Golf Course, Middletown, OH.
    http://www.apha.org/nphw/calendar/index.cfm?fuseaction=event&eventid=1118

  • Lipid, Glucose, BP Screenings, and Bone Density, Asheville, NC.
    http://www.apha.org/nphw/calendar/index.cfm?fuseaction=event&eventid=1071

  • Annual Colorectal Cancer Awareness Campaign, Erie, PA.
    http://www.apha.org/nphw/calendar/index.cfm?fuseaction=event&eventid=1062

  • Mobile Mammography, McKinney, TX.
    http://www.apha.org/nphw/calendar/index.cfm?fuseaction=event&eventid=1078

  • You and Your Prescription Drugs, Bangor, ME.
    http://www.apha.org/nphw/calendar/index.cfm?fuseaction=event&eventid=1027

  • Health Fair and Screening Services, Orlando, FL.
    http://www.apha.org/nphw/calendar/index.cfm?fuseaction=event&eventid=1013

  • Cholesterol, Radon, and Tick Testing for Lyme Disease, Greenwich, CT.
    http://www.apha.org/nphw/calendar/index.cfm?fuseaction=event&eventid=1001

Other events may be accessed at http://www.apha.org/nphw/calendar/.

  • Prevention Screening - HealthierUS.gov
    Find out how screening can protect you and your family from illnesses YOU can prevent.
    http://www.healthierus.gov/prevention.html

  • Medlineplus: Drug Information
    Information on thousands of prescriptions and over-the-counter medications
    http://www.hlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginformation.html

  • Cancer Information
    The Cancer Information site gives descriptions of various cancers and information on cancer causes, prevention, screening, and treatment.
    http://www.cancer.gov/cancer_information

  • Cancer Research Foundation of America
    The site focuses on cancers that can be prevented with lifestyle changes or treated following early detection--breast, cervical, colorectal, lung, prostate, and testicular cancer.
    http://www.preventcancer.org

  • The Living to 100 Life Expectancy Calculator, developed by Dr. Thomas Perls in partnership with the Alliance for Aging Research, http://www.agingresearch.org/calculator/

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