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Nominations OPEN for 2017 Healthy Aging STAR Awards!

   We're pleased to announce that the 2017 Wisconsin Healthy Aging STAR Awards nominations are now open! We encourage you to nominate your local healthy aging star for one of four awards to be presented at the Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging Base Camp - June 21, 2017, at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Stevens Point.     For more details on the...

Learn More, Feel Better with Self-Management Education

Health Outcomes Improve When People Practice Self-Care Wisconsin a Leader in Offering Evidence-Based Self-Management Programs   How much of your health is influenced by what you do outside your doctor’s office?  More than you may think – and research shows that people who learn how to manage their conditions feel better and have measurably better health.  The...

WIHA Receives CVS Health Community Grant

The Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging (WIHA) is pleased to announce the receipt of a $15,000 CVS Health Community Grant for 2017.  The Community Grants Program was created by CVS Health as part of its commitment to building healthier communities.  These grants support non-profit organizations that are providing much-needed access to health care for at-risk and underserved...

History of Falling Increases Crash Risk for Older Drivers

New partnership promotes safety and mobility by preventing falls   MADISON, Wisc. (Dec. 5, 2016) – A recent study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety suggests that seniors and their families should view falls as a possible early indicator of risk behind the wheel. According to the research, older drivers with a history of falling are 40 percent more likely to be involved...

Coming Home to Caregiving - Holiday Trips Often Reveal Challenges Facing Older Loved Ones

Being a family caregiver is rewarding, but it can be stressful, too.  When a loved one lives far away, caregivers face even more challenges.  A trip home for the holidays may reveal the first clues that older relatives or parents are struggling with day-to-day tasks. Your mom may have projected a cheerful voice over the phone - but you find a different story when she greets you at...

Clear Answers are Key To Improving Health Outcomes

Have you ever been to the doctor ...    and left the office without any idea what he said?   Have you ever read the instructions on your prescription ...    and still not understood how to take it?  Have you ever avoided asking your doctor to repeat an instruction ...    because you were afraid she would question your memory?  Are...

WIHA Joins State and National Efforts to Battle Growing Falls Epidemic

Front row, left to right, Betsy Abramson (WIHA), Erin Parker (CDC), Kathryn Bowen (Peer Leader), Anne Hvizdak (WI-DHS), Shannon Myers (WIHA).  Back row, left to right: Chuck Warzecha (WI-DHS), State Senator Luther Olsen (14th District), Becky Turpin (UW-Health), Dr. Kathleen Walsh (UW School of Medicine), Hilary Eiring (CDC) WIHA joined state and national partners...

Stepping On. A Few Small Steps. A Great Big Difference.

It can happen in a dimly lit hall, or on an icy driveway – places where anyone, any age, might miss a step or lose traction. Suddenly, the ground under your feet disappears, and for a few heart-stopping moments the world is spinning as you fall. Seconds later you land, and realize the pain you feel means something is really wrong - and you don't have a way to get help.   April...

Senators Olsen & Erpenbach Receive Healthy Aging Star Award

Pictured (left to right): Janet Zander (GWAAR), Edie Felts-Podoll (program volunteer), Senator Luther Olsen, Betsy Abramson (WIHA Executive Director) Pictured (left to right): Ashley Hillman (Safe Communities-Madison/Dane County), Esther Olsen (Dane County Area Agency on Aging), Senator Jon Erpenbach, Betsy...

NEW! Stepping On Took Kit to Accommodate People with Sensory Impairments

 WIHA is pleased to offer Stepping On  leaders a new toolkit to help them better accommodate workshop participants who may be hard of hearing or have a vision impairment.    Find the Stepping On Leader Tool Kit here.   We hope this new resource improves the effectiveness and accessibility of Stepping On workshops.  If you have questions about the tool kit...