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Health and Wellness Programs

The Baltimore County Department of Aging offers screenings, evidence-based programs and health education presentations emphasizing wellness and disease prevention at senior centers throughout the County. Some programs are federally funded under Title IIID of the Older Americans Act. Brain Matters programs are available found online.

A nurse takes a patient's blood pressure.
A nurse takes a patient's blood pressure.

Health Screenings

Receive free screenings for common health conditions:

Evidence-Based Programs

Timeslips

The Timeslips program uses group storytelling to enhance the lives of people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. Creative storytelling is held at the following Baltimore County Senior Centers: Ateaze, Bykota,Catonsville, Cockeysville, Essex, Hereford, Liberty, Parkville, Pikesville and Victory Villa. To find out more contact any of the senior centers listed.

Stepping On: Fall Prevention Education

'Stepping On' empowers older adults to carry out health behaviors that reduce the risks of falls, improve self-management and increase the quality of life. Instruction includes lecture, PowerPoint presentations, handouts, exercise participation, small group discussions and games. The program includes educational sessions on:

  • Balance
  • Feet and footwear
  • Home and community safety
  • Managing health and medication
  • Risk factors, fall risk assessments and recommendations
  • Staying active

This class meets for two hours over a seven-week period.

Tuesdays, May 3 to June 14
1 to 3 p.m.
Pikesville Senior Center
1301 Reisterstown Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21208

A follow-up session for reassessment of risk factors will be done after three months. To register, call 410-887-1245.

Tai Chi for Better Balance

Tai Chi for Better Balance is a program that empowers adults 60 years and older to carry out health behaviors that reduce the risks of falls while improving:

  • Balance, strength and physical performance
  • Postural stability and walking
  • Self-management and quality of life

Classes are highly participative, where mutual support and success build the participants' confidence in their ability to maintain active and fulfilling lives. Classes are offered at the following senior centers:

A group of older adults lifiting handweights.
A group of older adults lifting hand weights.
  • Arbutus
  • Edgemere
  • Fleming
  • Liberty
  • Reisterstown
  • Rosedale
  • Victory Villa
  • Woodlawn

For more information on how to register for a class, call the Health and Wellness office at 410-887-2040.

EnhanceFitness®

Each class may include up to 25 participants and classes do not require any special, or expensive equipment. Depending on the class, participants may either be among peers of their own level of fitness, or a group of various fitness levels ranging from frail to fit. An EnhanceFitness certified instructor, trained to bring out the physical best from older adults, will safely lead the class through an hour of the following dynamic exercises at a pace that’s right for the participants:

  • A five-minute warm up to get the blood flowing to the muscles
  • Choose between a 20-minute aerobics workout that gets participants moving, or a walking workout to lively music
  • A five-minute cool-down
  • A 20-minute strength training workout with soft ankle and wrist weights (from zero to 20 pounds)
  • A 10-minute stretching workout to keep the muscles flexible
  • Balance exercises throughout the class
  • An opportunity for participants to make new friends and acquaintances

Participants' progress can be followed with fitness checks completed at the time the individual joins EnhanceFitness, again at four months, and then as often as needed. EnhanceFitness classes are offered at the Arbutus, Bykota, Parkville and Seven Oaks Senior Centers.

For more information on how to register for a class, call the Health and Wellness office at 410-887-2040.

Take Charge of Your Health: Living Well

This free program is modeled after the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) and Diabetes Self Management Program (DSMP) from Stanford University. CDSME workshops will be held:

Mondays, June 6 to July 18 (no class July 4)
10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Stella Maris
2300 Dulaney Valley Road
Timonium, Maryland 21093
To register, call Jennifer Dupree, 410-252-4500 ext. 7391

Health Education Presentations

The following presentations are either led by medical professionals or County-owned or -supported programs.

Transitioning To Medicare – If you are turning 65 years of age, or are disabled and are ready to enroll in Medicare, the Baltimore County Senior Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) will set you on the right course.

An audience of older adults at a presentation.
An audience of older adults at a presentation.
  • Friday, April 12, at Pikesville Library
  • Monday, May 16, at Cockeysville Library
  • Monday, June 27, at Pikesville Library

Find locations and get directions to the following library branches where the programs will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. To register call 410-887-2059 or email medicareinformation@baltimorecountymd.gov.

What's New with Medicare?- Learn the changes in Medicare costs, new advantage plans and new levels for QMB and SLMB.

Medicare Basics for Those New to Medicare - Join Sherry Kolbe, Manger of the Senior Health Insurance Program, to review all facets of Medicare A, B, C, and D, Medigaps and programs available to assist with costs.

Eye Health Talks – Join Dr. Samantha Dougherty and Omni Eye Specialists for an educational presentation on diabetic retinopathy or glaucoma.

Foot Health Talks – Bunion and Hammertoe Deformities – Join Dr. Jay Seidel to learn how bunions and hammertoes​ can lead to instability in the joint and cause deformity.

Put Pain in Its Place – Join Daria Rovinski, R.N. to get the facts about osteoarthritis pain, learn strategies for controlling and preventing pain by creating a pain management plan.

Emergency Preparedness – Learn personal preparedness, how to assemble an emergency kit and what to do if a disaster occurs.

 

Revised May 18, 2016        

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