Evidence-based healthy aging programs are interventions that seek to educate participants about their health conditions, how to manage them, and ways to adopt healthy behaviors to enhance their overall quality of life. Evidence-based programs empower older adults to manage their health and help reduce health care utilization and costs. The Collaborative works to expand and enhance the infrastructure and delivery of such programs across the Commonwealth.
The Healthy Living Center of Excellence (HLCE) provides the centralized infrastructure for conducting evidence-based programs statewide. The HLCE is a collaboration between Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley (ESMV), a community-based elder services organization, and Hebrew SeniorLife (HSL), a medical care provider.
Visit the HLCE website at www.healthyliving4me.org to learn about training opportunities, access a centralized calendar of upcoming healthy aging programs across the state, and refer consumers to programs.
State Government Agencies
The Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA) and Department of Public Health (DPH) have been collaborating since the 1990s to promote and disseminate chronic disease self-management education and prevention programs and build sustainable program delivery systems. These two agencies are continuing to collaborate on ongoing projects related to cost containment and community/clinical linkages.