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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Evidence-Based Toolkit: Program Summaries and Implementation Guide

The Evidence-Based Toolkit (Toolkit) is a compendium of selected programs that address the seven leading preventable chronic conditions among older adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: arthritis, cancer, depression, diabetes, falls, heart disease, and obesity.

The toolkit was published by the Brookdale Demonstration Initiative in Healthy Urban Aging Project, a 3-year project to: a) assess health and social well-being among older adults attending senior centers; b) design and implement evidence-based practices; and c) evaluate effectiveness and cost-effectiveness.  The goal of the project is to provide reliable data for public policy makers seeking to address health and social concerns of older adults that can enhance and empower healthy aging in place in NYC’s neighborhoods.

Thirty-five evidence-based program are included in the Toolkit. These programs were found to effectively produce significant health outcomes and have been rigorously studied and documented in peer-reviewed scholarly literature, and could be feasibly be implemented in community settings.

The Toolkit is comprised of three (3) components:
  1. Programs Summaries and Implementation Guide
  2. Condition Specific Instruments
  3. Cross-Cutting Instruments

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