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Trading Ages™ - a Unique Perspective on Aging

by Senior Care Action Network (SCAN) Health Plan on 5/7/2014

The growth of the older population in the United States is having a momentous impact on communities and families. In the last 30 years, the population of those 65 and older has increased by 50 percent. In 2010 one in eight adults was 65 and older. By 2030 this number is expected to increase to one in five. It truly is a tidal shift in our country, which is why some refer to it as the "Silver Tsunami."

This trend underscores the importance of understanding the unique needs, experiences and perspectives of older adults. While turning 65 today doesn't mean retirement and rocking chairs, it also doesn't mean a senior's needs are consistent with someone decades younger. Today's older adults strive to remain active, independent and, to the extent health permits, self-reliant, but the aging process often alters ones' physical and emotional needs, responses and abilities.

That is why learning about the challenges that many seniors face is essential for employers, caregivers, children, grandchildren and anyone else who has the privilege of interacting with older adults. To help people gain a better understanding of the needs of an aging population, SCAN Health Plan has developed "Trading Ages."

Through this interactive workshop, participants experience first-hand age-related conditions such as hearing loss, vision changes, loss of dexterity, and other challenges that can be a part of the natural aging process. Trading Ages explores many of the physical, social and emotional aspects of aging. Most importantly, the program teaches participants how to incorporate this new knowledge into their daily interactions with customers, friends and loved ones.

As a not-for-profit Medicare Advantage plan, SCAN Health Plan Arizona focuses exclusively on helping seniors remain healthy and independent. The award-winning Trading Ages program has been delivered at no charge to thousands of individuals across the country, including healthcare professionals, customer call centers, school children, legislators and community-based organizations.

Trading Ages can be delivered in a variety of venues and can be customized to the audience and available time. For more information or to schedule a workshop, call 1-855-901-7226, extension 3420.
 
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