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Coordinated Screening

Activities include a variety of health screenings (including vision, hearing, blood pressure, cancer and podiatric), health education (including nutrition, physical activity and falls prevention), and testing (including blood glucose, cholesterol, body mass index, bone density) and immunizations. Protocols are established to refer individuals with abnormal screening results to health care providers.

Through partnership with local health and aging service providers, community-based screening events increase utilization of health promotion and disease prevention services by bringing resources together in one place that is easily accessed by targeted older adult populations. Coordinated screenings encourage partnerships with hospitals, local health departments, health practitioners, private businesses and not-for-profit agencies, senior organizations, and AARP. Religious organizations and municipal agencies often provide facilities for free of charge.

Impact: Screening events increase utilization of preventive health and health promotion services for older adults. On average, organizations hosting coordinated screenings find about one-third of the screenings result in abnormal findings. Individuals with abnormal results are encouraged to follow up with their primary health care provider.

  • At one event, a woman was discovered to have a blood glucose level over 400 mmol/l. She was urged to go immediately to the hospital for treatment, but initially refused believing that her inability to pay would prevent her from getting help. The AAA linked her to a health care provider who helped her manage her diabetes.

For more information: call 609-943-3573.
 
 
 
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