Health / Wellness Class

Healthy Aging

 

Health & Wellness classes are available that cover a variety of health-related topics. Learn how to participate in fitness activities and learn the benefits of adopting behaviors associated with healthy and successful aging.

The Living Healthy Program is six 2.5-hour sessions that will teach individuals tools to self-manage chronic conditions.

The Living Healthy Program is an interactive program for people with ongoing health conditions, such as diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic pain, and anxiety. Classes, taught by specially trained leaders, allow participants and their caregivers the opportunity to meet and speak with others also living with chronic conditions.

This Chronic Disease Self-Management Program was developed by Stanford University.

Subjects covered include:

  1. techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain, and isolation
  2. appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance
  3. appropriate use of medications
  4. Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals
  5. nutrition
  6. how to evaluate new treatments.

For more information about the Living Healthy Program, contact the Health and Wellness Coordinator at 954.745.9567.

The Diabetes Self- Management program contains six 2.5-hour sessions designed to teach tips to keep diabetes under control and improve quality of life.   The workshop is available to individuals with diabetes and their caregivers.

Subjects covered in the workshop include:

  1. techniques to deal with the symptoms of diabetes, fatigue, pain, hyper/hypoglycemia, stress, and emotional problems such as depression, anger, fear and frustration
  2. appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength and endurance
  3. healthy eating
  4. appropriate use of medication
  5. working more effectively with health care providers. Participants will make weekly action plans, share experiences, and support each other.

These classes are not a substitute for diagnosis, treatment, or health management by a physician or other health care provider; however, these classes do extend education and support received through providers and reinforces the importance of lifestyle in disease management.

For more information about the Diabetes Self-Management Program, contact the Area Agency on Aging Health and Wellness Coordinator at 954.745.9567.

Tai Ji Quan (pronounced Tye Gee Chuwan) contains 24 one hour sessions that teach 8 Tai Chi forms and other therapeutic moves to improve an individual’s balance and stability.

The program is a gentle form of physical activity ideal for seniors who have uncertain balance and a fear of falling.

Developed out of the Oregon Research Institute, this simplified, 8-form version of Tai Chi has been proven to decrease the number of falls and risk of falling in older adults. Other benefits associated with this program include social and mental well-being, balance and daily physical functioning, self-confidence in performing daily activities, personal independence, quality of life and overall health.

The “A Matter of Balance Program” utilizes trained volunteer coaches to teach eight, two-hour sessions designed to teach individuals how to prevent falls and overcome the fear of falling.

Many older adults experience concerns about falling and, as a result, restrict their activities. A MATTER OF BALANCE is an award-winning program that emphasizes practical strategies designed to manage falls and increase activity levels.

A Matter of Balance Program was adapted from Boston University Roybal Center by Maine's Partnership for Healthy Aging. A Matter of Balance uses practical coping strategies to reduce the fear of falling and to diminish the risk of falling, including group discussions, mutual problem solving, exercises to improve strength, coordination

YOU WILL LEARN TO:

  • View Falls as Controllable
  • Set Goals for Increasing Activity
  • Make Changes to Reduce Fall Risks at Home
  • Exercise to Increase Strength and Balance

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • Anyone Concerned About Falls
  • Anyone Interested in Improving Balance, Flexibility, and Strength
  • Anyone Who Has Fallen in the Past
  • Anyone Who Has Restricted Activities because of Falling Concerns

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a program that contains six two and a half hour sessions that will teach caregivers the tools to self-manage the challenges of being a caregiver to a loved one.

This educational program is designed to help families take care of themselves while providing oversight for a relative or friend. Participants will benefit from this class whether they are helping a parent, spouse, friend, someone who lives at home, in a nursing facility, or across the country.
For more information about Powerful Tools for Caregivers, contact the Area Agency on Aging Health and Wellness Coordinator at 954.745.9567.

The Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Program is a one hour class offered twice a week for six to eight weeks. It is offered in community settings and has been proven to improve movement, balance, strength, flexibility, and relaxation.  Other benefits associated with this program include a decrease in pain and falls.