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Searching of New Intervention Strategies for the Future

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Searching of New Intervention Strategies for the Future

Dallas Area Agency on Aging Director Monita McGhee and staff Tammi Smith, Mary Brown and Jessica Walker attended The Future of Community Interventions:  Evidence-Based Programming and Funding Conference on November 3-4 in Arlington. Local and national experts contributed to the overall success of the conference, including Nancy Whitelaw, Ph.D., National Council on Aging; Dr. Eduardo Sanchez , vice president and chief medical officer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas; Marcia Ory, Ph.D., Regents’ Professor, Department of Social and Behavioral Health at Texas A&M University, and Matthew Smith, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at the University of Georgia. The conference was sponsored by United Way of Tarrant County, the Area Agency on Aging of Tarrant County and the UNT Health Science Center.

Featured intervention programs included:

.A Matter of Balance/Falls Prevention
.Better Choices, Better Health/Chronic Disease
.Diabetes Self-Management
.Care Transitions Interventions/Patients Transition from Hospital to Home
.Healthy Ideas/Reducing Depression in Older Adults

Home Meds/Medication Management Improvement System

Evidence-based Interventions or practices refer to preventive approaches or treatment that are validated by some form of documented scientific evidence.   The Dallas Area Agency on Aging implements three evidence-based programs in Dallas County: A Matter of Balance, Better Choices, Better Health/Chronic Disease and Diabetes Self-Management.  For more information on evidence-based programs, go to or contact the Dallas Area Agency on Aging at 214-954-4218 to begin a program in your community.

Posted On 11/21/11

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