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The Promising Practices database informs professionals and community members about documented approaches to improving community health and quality of life.

The ultimate goal is to support the systematic adoption, implementation, and evaluation of successful programs, practices, and policy changes. The database provides carefully reviewed, documented, and ranked practices that range from good ideas to evidence-based practices.
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Fall Prevention (Dickinson County, Kansas)

Local

Filed under Local, Good Idea, Health / Older Adults & Aging, Adults, Women, Men, Elderly, Rural

Goal: To reduce the risk of falls among residents over 65 years of age through education in fall awareness and prevention.

Impact: After the program, participants spoke with healthcare providers regarding dizziness and medication side effects, scheduled overdue eye exams, and implemented home safety ideas to reduce the risk of falling.

Strong Seniors (Reno, KS)

Local

Filed under Local, Good Idea, Health / Older Adults & Aging, Elderly

Goal: The goal of the program is to promote health and prevent injury among seniors through a series of community-based strength training classes.

A Matter of Balance (Portland, ME)

Filed under Evidence-Based Practice, Health / Older Adults & Aging, Elderly

Goal: The Matter of Balance/Volunteer Lay Leader (MOB/VLL) program is designed to reduce the fear of falling, stop the fear of falling cycle, and improve the activity levels among community-dwelling older adults. The goal of the program is to use volunteer lay leaders as facilitators, in order to make the program affordable to offer in the community setting.

Active Choices (San Francisco)

Filed under Evidence-Based Practice, Health / Older Adults & Aging, Elderly

Goal: The goal of this promising practice is to increase physical activity in a diverse older adult population.

Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program (USA)

Filed under Evidence-Based Practice, Health / Other Chronic Diseases, Elderly

Goal: The goal of the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is to increase joint flexibility, range of motion, and muscle strength among individuals with arthritis.

Better Choices, Better Health (USA)

Filed under Evidence-Based Practice, Health / Other Chronic Diseases, Adults, Elderly

Goal: Better Choices, Better HealthTM gives people with chronic conditions the skills to coordinate all the things needed to manage their heath, as well as to help them keep active in their lives.

Bingocize: Using Games to Improve Balance, Mobility and ADL's (Owensboro, KY)

Filed under Evidence-Based Practice, Health / Older Adults & Aging, Urban

Goal: The goal of Bingocize is to improve mobility, balance, and ADL's in older adult populations.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Late-Life Depression (Los Altos, CA)

Filed under Evidence-Based Practice, Health / Mental Health & Mental Disorders, Adults, Elderly, Urban

Goal: The goal of this program is to use cognitive behavioral therapy to treat depression in older adults.