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Microclinics: Community Empowerment Approach to Health & Wellbeing

Microclinic FacilitatorsMicroclinic Facilitators at first training in July 2018

The Microclinic Model Team is a unique approach to community health and wellness.

A ‘microclinic’ is not a small building, but a human infrastructure - a health management collective composed of people who share access to education, technology and social support as members work together to prevent and manage deadly disease.  Microclinics are formed organically from extended families, small businesses, church groups, and more. Rather than attempting to create a new social support system, microclinics galvanize existing social networks. Built on relationships and social capital rather than bricks and mortar, microclinics put the power of health directly into the hands of the community.

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Age-Friendly Cities: A Global Initiative with Local Impact

The age-friendly city movement is taking off in cities and communities around the world – including right here in Louisville.  

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The Flourish Index: Tracking Human Flourishing as part of Integrated Care Models

Flourishing refers to the experience of a life going well. It is a way to describe optimal life functioning, in spite of chronic disease and psychical bodily deterioration. It focuses on adaptation to age-related changes and reduction of abilities, but also the positive gains and strengths associated with old age. To flourish means to proactively and reactively respond and interact with what comes our way, by selecting goals that fit the issues we deal with, and then optimize our engagement in the selected goals, and in this process compensate and maintain a certain quality of life that is possible in the face of loss and decline.

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Why Optimal Aging?

Everyone ages. From the moment we are born, we begin to grow, mature, and change - the process of aging. When we are young, we call this “maturing” or “growing up,” but as we advance in years, this process gradually changes into “aging.” 

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Optimal Aging Blog Begins in 2018 Optimal Aging Month

As part of the 2018 Optimal Aging Month, the UofL Institute for Sustainable Health & Optimal Aging is launching a new Optimal Aging Blog. We look forward to exploring with you important concepts related to optimal aging. Our network of experts and specialists will share their insights on key topics such as health tips, aging brain, pain management, caregiving support, and many other topics. Join our email list to receive the new blog. Sign up for our email list to check out our upcoming posts.

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