Retirement living seniors with one or more chronic diseases may experience difficulties managing their illnesses. Now, a $27 million grant aims to combat this problem.
The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program has been established to help retirement living seniors with their health management. The initiative is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and will allow 45 states, as well as Puerto Rico and New Mexico, to assist seniors with their self-confidence and teach them to adopt healthy behaviors.
"These new grants will provide an important opportunity for states, tribes, territories and communities to advance public health across the lifespan and to help reduce or eliminate health disparities," said Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.
Retirement living seniors should remember that two-thirds of Medicare is spent on individuals with five or more chronic conditions.
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, the number of people on Medicare is projected to rise from 46 million to 78 million in the next twenty years.
By working to maintain their health, seniors can improve their wellbeing and benefit the economy.