Health Education for Low-Income Seniors


Grantee: Kin On
Timeframe: October 2023 – September 2024 | Amount: $29,570.69

Summary: Equip low-income Asian seniors to age successfully and reduce emotional & mental stress, physical decline, and medical & legal challenges through the Aging Mastery Program, an evidence-based workshop series licensed by the National Council on Aging.

Over 10,000 baby boomers are turning 65 every day in the U.S. By 2030, the older adult population is estimated to double with those over the age of 65 reaching 20% of this nation’s population by 2050. As the population ages, there is a need to teach older adults how to age successfully and navigate the mental/emotional, physical, financial, and other impacts of aging. The Aging Mastery Program (AMP) licensed by the National Council on Aging is a series of 10 classes to support aging well that empowers participants to take charge in their later years. AMP has helped over 30,000 adults nationally and continues to grow. It has been a success in reducing social isolation, improving health, and increasing social supports for participants.

Though effective, AMP is primarily offered in English, making this program inaccessible to older adults and seniors in the local low-income Chinese immigrant community, those who are unfamiliar with the American landscape and who may need this program most. Kin On will use PHPDA grant funds to create the first Chinese AMP in the nation here in Greater Seattle/Bellevue. The project will consist of a 2-3 week instructor training for Kin On staff through the National Council on Aging., translation of course materials, promotion of the program to the local Chinese-speaking community (including current clients of Kin On who are majority low to moderate income), conduction of the 10-week AMP series, a final celebration featuring local guest speakers with expertise or personal experience in areas of aging, and conclude with a program evaluation. The workshop series will be held twice in the project period. The second workshop series will be improved based on evaluation and feedback from the first workshop series.

In this kick-off of the Aging Mastery Program, Kin On expects 50 low-income Chinese seniors to learn and apply the practical skills necessary to age successfully. This will be the beginning of many classes Kin On will offer in the community. These courses will not only impact the seniors in the course, but also the communities they are a part of through social engagement and volunteerism. The Aging Mastery Program materials will also be shared with other organizations locally and in the nation wanting to offer the course in Chinese to their local senior populations.

Classes: Navigating Longer Lives, Exercise and You, Sleep, Healthy Eating and Hydration, Financial Fitness, Advance Planning, Healthy Relationships, Medical Management, Fall Prevention.

Measurable Outcomes:

  • # of participants enrolled and completed
  • Participant demographics
  • # CSAT on participants and anecdotes collected from the workshops

About Our Grantee

Kin On

Kin On honors and supports our elders and families by offering culturally Asian and linguistically appropriate healthcare services in a healthy living community.

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