September is Healthy Aging Month here at Care Resource. This is the perfect opportunity to celebrate since it is the time when many people think about beginning new tasks after the summer.Aging-Roadmap_copy

In support of this month, Care Resource is offering free wellness screenings to new clients over the age of 45 without private or government insurance. This promotion includes screenings for diabetes, cholesterol and blood pressure. To redeem this promotion, one must first make an appointment. To make an appointment, please call (305) 576-1234, ext. 470 (English) and 471 (Spanish), and a virtual wellness voucher will be assigned to you.

According to Dr. Steven Santiago, Chief Medical Officer with Care Resource, “The key to preventing cardiovascular disease in your older years is managing your risk factors, such as high blood pressure, high total cholesterol or high blood glucose. The best way to find out is through screening tests during regular doctor visits. For many patients, screening results can serve as a wake-up call.”Aging-Roadmap_copy2

Residents of the U.S. are generally living longer these days, but more and more of them are developing chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease, which will shorten their lives and boost medical costs. Some 133 million adults almost half the adult population now have a chronic health condition, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Such a statistic might lead you to think illness and impairment are synonymous with aging, however, growing old doesn’t have to bring disability and disease.

It’s never too late to start leading a healthier lifestyle. Even well into your 60s and 70s, one can take action to reduce their risk of developing chronic disease. The roadmap to healthy usually includes: living in an integrated society; maintaining a healthy diet and adequate exercise; pursuing the best possible education and lifetime learning; continuing to be involved in social and civic life; engaging in active career and job building and of course making adaptable housing choices; and remaining in control of one’s life.

Healthy Aging Month virtual wellness vouchers are only valid for new patients over the age of 45 without private or government insurance. Usage of this voucher is considered an acknowledgement by the patient that they are not insured. The promotion applies to appointments made between September 1, 2015 and September 30, 2015, however, appointment dates may be scheduled outside this window period. Offer has no cash value and becomes void if appointment is cancelled. Limited quantity and on a first come, first served basis. Promotion is subject to change or termination at any time, without notice. Appointments are necessary.

For more information, please visit careresource.org, or call (305) 576-1234.