Having accessible resources is an essential feature of an age-friendly, livable community as it keeps residents connected
in a meaningful way.
Everyone benefits when older adults are able to remain in their homes. That belief drives our commitment to building an inclusive community that encourages older adults with diverse needs to age in place and maintain a good quality of life.
Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the country. More than 37 million adults in the nation have diabetes – over 50,000 reside in the Lehigh Valley. A coalition of Age-Friendly Lehigh Valley, the Diabetes Coalition of the Lehigh Valley, works to help lower the rate of diabetes in Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties.
“You need to educate yourself.”
With a family history of diabetes, Annette is determined not to let this chronic disease control her life.
“My paternal grandparents and father have died of diabetes complications. So, when I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes at the age of 40, I remember thinking, ‘I will not be a victim,’” said Annette. “I have learned during this journey that I am in control of my mind, body and spirit. I have the tools I need to keep me healthy and happy. You need to educate yourself.”
As volunteer Chair of the Diabetes Coalition of the Lehigh Valley, Annette works with United Way to make sure all older adults living in the Greater Lehigh Valley can access the resources they need to prevent and manage diabetes, which affects one in four Americans over age 60.
“This is the time of our lives where we still feel young and vibrant and are able to keep ourselves moving by exercising and engaging in healthy activities. Keeping fit in our 50’s will only benefit us as we mature into our 60s and 70s,” added Annette.
One in 4 Americans aged 65+ falls every year. Falls are the leading cause of unintentional injury deaths for people over age 65, and a leading reason for emergency room visits in the United States each year. Falls can cause brain injuries, hip fractures and other devastating consequences.
For Fall Prevention Tips magnets in English or Spanish, please contact Carmen Bell.
“Our research shows that older adults report good or excellent quality of life when they are connected to each other, feel respected and have access to resources they need.“
Director of Healthy Aging for United Way