(WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 28, 2013) — United States senators and their staffs recently had an opportunity to experience many of the challenges that come with aging thanks to SCAN Health Plan’s “Trading Ages” senior sensitivity program. SCAN was invited to exhibit its renowned program at the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging’s Healthy Aging Forum, held to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Older Americans Month.
Through interactive tools and hands-on involvement, Trading Ages allows participants to experience firsthand a series of age‐related conditions such as hearing loss, vision changes and loss of dexterity. The training helps participants understand how challenges associated with aging can affect everyday activities, behaviors and actions. It has been shown that raising such awareness often translates immediately to increased compassion, patience and ultimately better service.
“With society aging and healthcare legislation so directly impacting the lives of seniors, it is critically important that our elected officials have a solid understanding of the challenges that come with aging,” said Peter Begans, senior vice president of public and government affairs for SCAN. “By giving our legislators an opportunity to ‘walk in the shoes’ of a senior, we hope to create an awareness that will lead to better policies and services for our nation’s seniors.”
Since President John F. Kennedy designated the first Older Americans Month in 1963, innovations in technology and healthcare have helped Americans live longer, healthier lives. The Healthy Aging forum provided an opportunity for senators and their staffs to learn about the latest innovations in healthcare and explore ways to improve the health and well-being of older Americans.
The award-winning Trading Ages program was initially created as a way for SCAN employees to better understand the needs and mindset of its health plan members. In recent years and consistent with its not-for-profit mission, SCAN has taken the program “on the road” and has been making it available at no charge to physician groups, community agencies, schools and other groups interested in enhancing their interactions with older adults.
For 35 years SCAN Health Plan has been focusing exclusively on the unique needs of seniors and others on Medicare. The company currently has nearly 145,000 members in California. Further information may be obtained at www.scanhealthplan.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/scanhealthplan.
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