Fatima Perkins says

Elder care can be a confusing topic for family caregivers and senior citizens who don’t understand all the resources that are available. This issue is getting more and more relevant as the Baby Boomer generation continues to age, shaping the future of senior care for the United States. It’s become clear that for our aging population, they need mental, emotional and physical engagement to age well.

Groups like the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging are trying to make elder care topics a continuous lifelong learning experience so everyone has the chance to age well. In this episode of the Healthcare Podcast, brought to you by MarketScale, host Daniel Litwin sat down with Fatima Perkins, Director of Community Outreach and Advocacy for WRAAA to discuss a three-prong approach to elder education.

In the elder care industry, there’s a responsibility to create positive environments for seniors to thrive and engage their bodies and minds. That’s why Perkins emphasizes education and information for seniors and their caregivers. Oftentimes, seniors are unaware of the programs and resources available to them, and it can be overwhelming to know where to start. “We want to make sure they know the resources in the community that are helpful for them,” said Perkins.

Next, the WRAAA pairs education with engagement in the community. At nearly 200 community events a year, Perkins works to actively get the word out and engage in one-on-one conversations with people about the health and wellness opportunities available to them. She said there are numerous non-profit programs available such as diabetes self-management, chronic disease management, fitness programs, nutritious cooking lessons, and more.

The goal is ultimate empowerment for seniors and their caregivers, said Perkins. Specifically, WRAAA works to encourage civic engagement among the elder care community. “It’s making sure your voice is heard,” she said.

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