The Florida Keys Area Health Education Center – Keys to Healthy Aging

As the owner of Allergy Ear Nose & Throat, Inc., Dr. Angelo Consiglio treats patients from across Key West at his office in Marathon, Florida. Educated at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago, Angelo Consiglio, MD, shares his expertise in the field with other medical professionals and interested parties through educational lectures. Most recently, he focused on oral cancer and the upper respiratory effects of tobacco use during a lecture sponsored by the Florida Keys Area Health Education Center (Keys AHEC).

Along with educational seminars, Keys AHEC maintains a number of programs designed to enhance the health of Florida Keys residents. Among its programming are three Healthy Aging Programs. The organization’s Enhance Fitness Program offers seniors a socially stimulating fitness class where they practice in strength training, stretching, balance, and low-impact aerobics. Keys AHEC hosts the one-hour Enhance Fitness class three times each week. In the Living Healthy Workshop, seniors learn how to self-manage persistent health conditions, such as arthritis and diabetes. Keys AHEC designed the workshop to span a total of six weeks, with 2.5-hour classes once a week.

In addition to fitness and health management, Keys AHEC offers the Matter of Balance Program, which shows participants how to modify their living environment to decrease the risk of accidents and falls. The eight-week program also assists seniors with realistic goal setting related to increased balance, strength, and activity.