The Healthy Senior Living certification strengthens confidence in the quality of establishments for seniors
American Heart Association
The population of older adults in the United States is increasing, and the incidence and prevalence of most cardiovascular diseases increase with age, according to a scientific statement from the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology and from the American Geriatrics Society. The statement highlights the striking fact that, in addition to being the leading cause of death in adults over 75, cardiovascular disease is also a leading cause of chronic disability, loss of autonomy and independence. deterioration in the quality of life of the elderly. In an effort to help independent and serviced living facilities evolve towards continuous improvement in the health and quality of life of their residents, and to help consumers make better informed choices about facilities, the American Heart Association today launched the Healthy Senior Living Certification Program.
Certification focuses on creating environments where health and maintaining good health is a priority. Institutions will be assessed on how they educate residents and provide opportunities to work towards improving health in these categories: smoking, physical activity, healthy eating and weights, depression and anxiety, sleep, stress management, drinking alcohol and immunizations.
The American Heart Association, the leading voluntary organization dedicated to a longer, healthier life, offers the Healthy Senior Living certification as an assurance that the facility has been approved and recognized by the American Heart Association based on criteria of professional assessment designed by cardiac and geriatric experts. .
“The Healthy Senior Living program seeks to work with independent and assisted living facilities to help them improve the health and quality of life of their residents by providing them with the tools and resources to develop a wellness program. clearly defined, ”said Cory W. Woods, DNP, MHA, MSN, RN, assistant clinical director and senior vice president of population health for Rockport Healthcare Services and new volunteer chair of the certification management committee of the quality from the American Heart Association. “Announcing the launch of this exciting and much needed new certification today, National Seniors’ Health and Fitness Day, amplifies the American Heart Association’s mission to help every person.” to have the opportunity to lead a full and healthy life.
Facilities meeting the certification criteria will have the opportunity to:
- Join the American Heart Association’s Healthy Senior Living Center National Collaborative Network
- Access live and online educational activities from the American Heart Association
- Amplify their certification