Exercise has been proven to help reduce the risk of heart attacks and high blood pressure. It can also help lower cholesterol levels, increase strength and flexibility, improve mental functioning and reduce the risk of falls. We offer evidence-based fitness and wellness programs for active, energetic seniors as well as those who may be frail.
Living Every Moment to the Fullest
St. Francis Healthcare System is committed to helping everyone live life to fullest. The Aloha United Way Healthy Aging Initiative inspires and reinvigorates seniors who are retired or nearing retirement, so that they can start a fresh, new chapter in their lives.
Active aging benefits everyone. It can help active seniors delay the onset of age-related health conditions and prevent the need costly health care services. When seniors remain actively engaged, everyone benefits from the experience and wisdom they have gained over the years.
The result: strong, vibrant healthy communities across our islands
Through the generous support from Aloha United Way, St. Francis Healthcare System has produced a series of informative videos to help seniors remain active and independent, so they enjoy rewarding, purposeful lives. The videos, hosted by Cullen Hayashida, Ph.D., a long-time advocate of Hawai‘i’s kūpuna, originally aired on ‘Olelo, and are now posted here for your convenience.
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines active aging as people realizing their full potential for physical, mental and social well-being throughout their lives. This includes participating in society according to an individual’s needs, desires, and capacities, while providing them with adequate protection, security and care when they require assistance.
Based on WHO’s definition of active aging, St. Francis Healthcare System is developing a comprehensive program that addresses several components that are essential to active aging. Through the generous support of Aloha United Way, St. Francis will be able to take a closer look at the lifestyles and health profiles of a sampling of older adults to determine how screenings and services help to keep them healthy, active and independent. This information will help to identify effective ways to delay or minimize the onset of age-related health conditions and better manage or prevent the need for extraordinary health care services and the costs associated with this care.