Posted March 15, 2018 10:13:00 The next time you’re having a difficult time getting around town or feeling overwhelmed, it might be worth taking a look at how your local communities are tackling medical problems.
With more than 400 million Americans over the age of 65, the US has the highest number of people in the country with chronic conditions, with an estimated 18 million of them living with the condition.
Many of these people are the elderly, but there’s also a growing group of people under the age in need of help, according to a report from the National Center for Health Statistics.
That’s especially true for people over the ages of 65 who are often the first to need help, said Mark Pomeranz, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Policy at Johns Hopkins University.
“The more that we get people who are older and who are experiencing chronic illnesses, the more likely they are to need support,” he said.
People over 65 are also more likely to have chronic health conditions such as asthma and chronic pain than the general population, Pomeranes said.
While a healthy lifestyle is important for everyone, people over 65 may need more support if they have chronic illnesses and they are struggling to pay for care, he said, especially for people who have health insurance.
If you’re experiencing a problem with your health or have questions about your health, ask around.
Pomerans suggested calling your local health department to make sure that they have a referral number for you.
Also, ask for a referral from a community resource center or other community service organization.
Picking up on this information will give you a heads-up on the types of help that might be available.
For example, Potholes can be an important factor in finding the right help, Pomperes said.
“People who are getting potholes on their roads and sidewalks may need additional help and will likely be able to get assistance through the local community health center or local law enforcement agency,” he wrote in an email.
A community resource or community service group can also help you identify the resources and resources that can help you get to the right place and the right person, Pominanz said.
Ask if there are programs or activities you can take part in that may be helpful.
If there are community centers in your area, there may be programs that you can participate in, such as a walk to get out and about, Poms said.
If that doesn’t work, a referral may be a good idea, he added.
Pomperanz also mentioned finding out what the community is doing to provide help, especially if you are getting help from a health professional.
“There are a lot of things that people who may not have the means to pay the cost of a health plan or medical care, may need to do to make their lives better,” he added, citing job search and education as key reasons people may need help.
Pomeres added that if you feel like you need more help than you can afford, call a health insurance company or a health care provider.
“You may need extra help or services, and the reason you need those things is to get the best care,” he suggested.