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Date:3/18/2009

the help and support they need.

According to NCOA, a key element for success resides in community-based programs that focus on self-care, which includes teaching problem-solving, decision-making and communication skills that are needed by people with chronic conditions to manage their own health outside of the clinical setting.

"It is important for Americans with chronic conditions, especially older adults, to seek support programs in their local areas to better manage their health," said Chad Boult, MD, Professor of Public Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. "Participating in programs, like the Baltimore, Maryland and Washington, DC Guided Care Program, can educate them on their conditions and help build confidence and skills to empower them to take control of their health."

Evidence-based health programs can result in significant improvements in energy, health status, social activities, less fatigue and lower use of the hospital and/or emergency room. NCOA supports a variety of self-care programs throughout the United States including Stanford's Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, Living Well with Chronic Conditions, Enhance Fitness, Matter of Balance, Healthy IDEAS and Active Living Every Day. For more information, please visit www.healthyagingprograms.org.

About NCOA

The National Council on Aging is a non-profit service and advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC. NCOA is a national voice for older Americans -- especially those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged -- and the community organizations that serve them. It brings together non-profit organizations, businesses and government to develop creative solutions that improve the lives of all older adults. NCOA works with thousands of organizations across the country to help seniors find
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