Managing Chronic Medical Conditions

Sage Aging Podcast Episode 71

Sage Aging Podcast episode 71 featuring David Chandler

Managing chronic medical conditions is something most of us will have to do at one point or another. In this episode of the Sage Aging podcast, I was joined by David Chandler, Senior Director of Strategic Programs for Senior Helpers, to discuss. Click above to listen or view the conversation in its entirety.

The Facts

National Council on Aging

The Importance of Managing Chronic Medical Conditions

For people with chronic conditions, a well-constructed care/self-care plan is key. There are lots of reasons for being diligent about the management of chronic conditions, but the most obvious is better health outcomes that result in greater independence and a higher quality of life. Successful management of chronic conditions results in:

  • Heightened self-awareness of health status
  • More independent, active lifestyle
  • Heightened quality of life
  • Prevention and/or slowing of condition progression
  • Better communication with medical care providers
  • Fewer emergency visits to the doctor
  • Lower medical care costs
  • And much more!

What We Covered

  • The prevalence of chronic medical conditions
  • The importance of managing chronic medical conditions
  • The 5 key areas to assess for identifying the risk of hospitalization
  • Strategies for managing chronic conditions and successfully aging in place

Resources We Mentioned

Resources

Related Podcast Episodes

  • Episode 65: Older Adult Mental Health with Penny Williams
  • Episode 68 & 69: Ace Your Next Doctor Appointment with Sandra Washington
  • Episode 70: What is Normal Anyway? with Georgiana Goodson

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Liz Craven
Author: Liz Craven

Liz Craven, along with her husband Wes, owns Pro-Ad Media, publisher of Sage Aging ElderCare Guide, serving the local community for over 28 years. Liz lives in Lakeland and is very active in the local community, specifically in the area of aging. Liz serves on a number of local boards and committees including the Lakeland Vision and Age Friendly Lakeland.