Often the need for long-term care services is directly or indirectly the result of chronic conditions, like stroke, heart disease and cancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 88% of those over 65 years of age have at least one chronic health condition. Taking steps to improve your health now can help decrease the likelihood of needing long-term care in the future.
What can you do?
- Improve your diet
- Eliminate or decrease risk factors
- Seek information on preventive health care
- Talk with your physician
- For more information on preventive health and disease management options, contact the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services–Health Services at 800-745-9311 or http://dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/Pages/public_health_index.aspx
- Find a listing of resources and practical tools you can use to decrease risk factors and improve your health (click on “Just For You”) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Information Center at www.nal.usda.gov
- For an alphabetical listing of national health resources, visit the University of Georgia Department of Food and Nutrition’s website at http://noahnet.myweb.uga.edu/links.html
- For exercise information and health and fitness tips, including exercising with health challenges, visit the American Council on Exercise’ website at http://www.acefitness.org/acefit/healthy-living/
Begin planning today for your future long-term care needs by ordering your FREE Own Your Future Tool Kit created by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services visit http://longtermcare.acl.gov/ or call 1-866-PLAN-LTC.