The seven Regional Arthritis Centers (RACs) are part of a statewide network run by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Service’s Arthritis and Osteoporosis Program (MAOP). For Missouri Arthritis Program information, click here. Click on the map to go directly to each RAC's web page.
Do you have osteoporosis? What has been your experience with osteoporosis? A public relations organization, Alterline, is inviting persons with osteoporosis to share their story and help others gain insight into what it's like to walk in their shoes. For more information, see their flyer here. If you or someone you know is interested in taking part, please complete a short survey here and Alterline staff will be in touch.
Just two weeks into 2015, there is still plenty of time to take Steps to Better Health! Have you considered taking one of our self-management or physical activity classes? We offer classes in communities around Missouri for persons with chronic health problems and/or for caregivers. This week, resolve to check out a class near you - there are lots starting over the next eight weeks.
We're just over a week in to the New Year. Did you make a resolution this year? How is it going? If you resolved to take Steps to Better Health in 2015, how did the first week go? If you were able to complete your first action plan for 2015, congratulations! If you didn't complete your first action plan, don’t be discouraged! Make this week's action plan a little more specific, and have confidence that you can complete what goal you set.
Participants of the Stanford University self-management programs, will recognize the process for setting achievable goals or action plans. Some questions to ask yourself are: What specifically will you do? How much will you do? When will you do it? How often will you do it? How confident are you that you can achieve your set goal?
If you want to learn more about our self-management programs, there are several that have just started around the state or will start in the next week. Your action plan for this week could be: I will sign-up to attend one six-week self-management course in a city near me. How confident are you that you can sign-up for and attend the first (or second) class of the six-week session? These run for 2.5 hours and are held once a week. Check out classes near you today!
1/6-2/10, Living a Healthy Life (CDSMP) Tuesdays from 1:00-3:00 pm
Located at Mississippi County Health Department, Charleston, MO
Register online today or by calling Mississippi Cty Health Dept at 573-683-2191
Join for week two!
1/6-2/10, Living a Healthy Life (CDSMP) Tuesdays from 2:00-4:00 pm
Located at LaVerna Village, Savannah, MO
Register by calling 816-271-7057
Join for week two!
1/7-2/11, Diabetes Self-Management Program Wednesdays from 9:00-11:30 am
Located at Family Medical Care Center, Springfield, MO
Register by calling 417-269-3929
Join for week two!
1/8-2/12, Living a Healthy Life (CDSMP) Thursdays from 12:30-3:00 pm
Located at Bluford Library, Kansas City, MO
Register by calling Queen at 816-404-9684 or Raquel at 816-404-3560
Join for week two!
1/13-2/17, Living a Healthy Life (CDSMP) Tuesdays from 1:00-3:30 pm
Located at Capetown Assisted Living, Cape Girardeau, MO
Register online today or by calling Aging Matters 573-335-3331
1/13-2/17, Feel Better Now (CDSMP) Tuesdays from 3:00-5:00 pm
Located at Access Family Care, Joplin, MO
Register by calling 417-782-6200
1/20-2/24, Living a Healthy Life (CDSMP) Tuesdays from 1:00-3:30 pm
Located at St. Francois County Health Department, Park Hills, MO
As another year comes to a close, many of us are still trying to think about the perfect resolution to make for the New Year. Others have resolved to not make a resolution they likely won't keep. If you haven't made a resolution yet, try this out: I resolve to take Steps to Better Health in 2015.
This could mean you'll finally take steps to lose some of that excess weight your doctor has been talking to you about for years. It could mean you'll start taking steps to eating healthier. Maybe you'll take steps to improve your physical fitness. Better health for you could mean keeping better track of your medications or talking with family members about your health or making more of your doctor's appointments. It could mean increasing your physical activity from one walk around the block to two. Maybe you'll enroll in a community education class or start regularly trying the crossword to keep your brain healthy.
No matter the specific actions, we can all resolve to take Steps to Better Health in 2015. At the beginning of each week, take 10 minutes to sit down and think about how you want to better your health that week. Make your goal achievable and specific. Be confident in your goal! If you commit to doing one thing over the course of one week, you can be well on your way to a year of better health. If you need more structured activities to improve your health, check out our group classes and programs that you can complete at home! We wish you all a very happy start to the New Year and look forward to hearing of the Steps to Better Health you are taking in 2015!
As we enter the second half of the Holiday season in the U.S., the Missouri Arthritis and Osteoporosis Program and its Regional Arthritis Centers would like to take a moment to celebrate and express our gratitude for our volunteers. Whether you are a leader or trainer for a self-management or physical activity program as a requirement of your work, if you are a community member who volunteers your time because our programs have worked for you, or if you encourage your organization to continue partnering with us on the programs, we greatly appreciate all that you do! The reason we are able to help so many Missourians take action as they find Steps to Better Health, is thanks to the work all of you do! You make our jobs easier and we greatly appreciate the time and energy you commit to the cause of improving the quality of life and reducing symptoms related to chronic disease in Missouri. If you have ever taken a class with us, or know one of our volunteers, please feel free to share your gratitude with your leader or trainer also! From all of us here at MAOP, thank you all so much!
Just because the fall season is coming to an end (winter solstice occurs on Sunday, December 21), that doesn't mean we can't still talk about Falls Awareness! Falls Prevention Day occurred at the start of the season, September 23. This national event provided many resources in communities across the United States, including here in Missouri with the Show Me Falls Free Missouri. The winter season is another great time to talk about falls, as natural hazards and other fall risks may increase.
Here in Missouri we've already seen bitterly cold days, sleet, snow, and mornings where the ground is frozen and cars are covered with frost. In true Missouri weather fashion, we've also seen temperatures in the 60s in December. The saying - If you don't like the weather, give it 30 minutes - truly does feel like it applies here. While the weather may feel unpredictable, there are steps you can take to be prepared for whatever winter weather may come our way. Being prepared for winter weather is especially important for older adults, adults with disabilities, caregivers, and adults with chronic health conditions. One example of a special need for being prepared for winter weather when living with a chronic health condition, is managing medications and communicating with a health care provider regarding any specific medical needs.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has compiled a number of resources for staying personally prepared. The Administration on Aging (AoA) also has a quick Healthy Living Tips sheet for winter weather. Ready.gov also has great resources for being prepared ahead of time for a winter storm, as well as what steps can be taken during and after a storm. No matter what resources you seek out in order to get prepared, please be sure to do so. Consider being prepared a Step to Better Health!
With a large presence in the industrial, manufacturing, chemical, and mining industries, Missouri has seen a high rate of asbestos-related illnesses over the past decades. Adults over the age of 45, in particular, who worked in the aforementioned industries, run a high risk of being affected by the devastating results of asbestos exposure.
Do you qualify for or already have Medicare as a personal insurance? Whether this is your first time choosing a Medicare insurance plan or if you are renewing for the 20th year, picking the right plan for you can be tricky. Hopefully you have had the opportunity to talk with friends, families, and professionals about what plan is best for you. If you are still trying to decide though, you have until Sunday, December 7 to select your plan for 2015.
November is a time to come together as a community to stop diabetes. In order to do this, we must spread the word and educate others on the powerful impact that diabetes can have on someone’s life. The good news? People who are at high risk for type 2 diabetes can lower their risk by more than half if they make healthy changes. These changes include: eating healthy, increasing physical activity, and losing weight. So let’s work together to make this known!