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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.


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Health Screenings

Receive free screenings for common health conditions:

  • Blood pressure—Screenings are held on a regular basis at most senior centers.
  • Medication management
  • Oral cancer
  • Vision

Evidence-Based Programs

Watch the Video: Evidence of Health, which demonstrates four evidence-based classes.

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.

Move With Balance®

Move With Balance® activities and exercises are focused on improving balance and brain function. The payoff: increased coordination, sharper cognitive skills, better vision, and enhanced self-confidence. Classes are held at the Cockeysville Senior Center, 10535 York Road, Cockeysville, Maryland 21030. Limited class size, registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Cockeysville Senior Center at 410-887-7694.

Healthy Eating For Successful Living Workshop


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Healthy Eating for Successful Living in Older Adults is a nutrition program for diverse community-dwelling adults age 60 and older. The workshop meets one day a week for two hours for six weeks. The goal of Healthy Eating is to increase self-efficacy and general well-being by improving  knowledge of nutritional choices that focus on heart and bone healthy foods as well as supportive physical activities. Goal setting, problem solving and self-monitoring are used to optimize individual behavior change.

The next workshops are Tuesdays, March 21 through April 25, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Parkville Senior Center, 8601 Harford Road, Parkville, Maryland 21234. For more information or to register for the workshop call 410-887- 5338.

Stepping On: Fall Prevention Education

Check out the National Council on Aging's video: You Have the Power to Prevent a Fall.

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.

Locations for Workshops: Ateaze Senior Center, 7401 Holabird Avenue, Dundalk, Maryland 21222. Classes will be held on Thursdays starting April 6 through May 18, from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. For more information or to register for the workshop call 410-887-7233.

Parkville Senior Center, 8401 Harford Road, Parkville, Maryland 21234, Tuesday, June 6 through July 25 (no class July 4), from 1 to 3 p.m. For more information or to register for the workshop call 410-887-5338.

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:


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  • Arbutus
  • Edgemere
  • Fleming
  • 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 Education (CDSME) and Diabetes Self Management Education (DSME) from Stanford University. Topics for the Chronic Disease Self-Management Education workshop include:

  • medications
  • nutrition
  • exercise
  • frustration
  • healthcare communication
  • future planning
  • relaxation methods

Hands Holding a Glucometer

Diabetes Self Management Program special topics include:

  • techniques to deal with the symptoms of diabetes
  • fatigue
  • pain
  • hyper or hypoglycemia
  • stress and emotional problems such as depression, anger, fear and frustration

DSMP: Diabetes Self Management Program
Wednesdays, April 5 to May 10, 9:30 a.m. to noon
Reisterstown Senior Center
12035 Reisterstown Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21136
To register, call 410-887-1143.

Health Education Presentations and Screenings

The following presentations are either led by professionals in their field or County-supported programs.


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Medicare-Related

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.

  • Tuesday, March 14, at Hereford Library
  • Tuesday, April 11, at White Marsh Library
  • Wednesday, May 10, 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.

Changes in Medicare
Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) will be conducting a presentation to keep you up-to-date regarding what is new, updated or just needs to be reemphasized. This presentation is for those who have been on Medicare for several years versus newcomers.

Medicare Basics
SHIP will be conducting a presentation regarding the following Medicare Basics: when and how to enroll, what does Medicare cover, how it works with retiree health benefits, and what are Medigaps versus Medicare HMOs.

General Health Topics

Healthcare Fraud and Abuse—What you need to know! 
Even if you do everything right, you could still be a target of health care fraud. Learn how to spot deceptive health care practices and identity scams. Learn how to recognize and report billing errors. This presentation will be conducted by Baltimore County Department of Aging’s Senior Medicare Patrol.

Obesity, Physical Activity and Cancer: Let's Take Action
Lose weight, get moving. Advice we hear often, but do these two factors really contribute to a healthier me? How do they affect my risk for certain types of cancer as I age?  Can I really reduce my risks by making some changes to my normal routine?

It's a Matter of Heart
BCDA Senior Fitness facilities are hosting heart health activities, including blood pressure screenings at local area Baltimore County senior centers, during the months of February and March.

Diabetes: Prevention and Treatment
Learn how you change your diet to keep your sugar levels under control and what medications doctors use to help with diabetes and high blood sugar.

  • Friday, March 17 at 10 a.m. ,Edgemere Senior Center, 6600 North Point Road, Baltimore, Maryland, 21219, 410-887-7530

How to Manage Taking Multiple Medications and Reduce Risks
Learn how can you manage your medications to help reduce the risks and also to better communicate with your doctor if you are concerned about taking too many medications.

Standing in Your Own Shoes: Am I Doing What I Want to do?        
Join the Mental Health Association of Maryland as they help you to reflect on where to stand with your energy, your choices and whether or not you are comfortable in your own shoes, doing what you want to do.

The Caterpillar to the Butterfly
Join a PEERS, Mental Health Association of Maryland presenter to learn how mental transitions are affected by seasonal changes and the impact it has on our bodies and brains. Learn ways to make the shift a little easier.

Age is Just a Number and a State of Mind
You can’t change the number but you can change your state of mind! Join a PEERS, Mental Health Association of Maryland presenter to explore ageist stereotypes and an individual’s power to revive positive identity.

Think fast: Stroke Awareness Education
The focus of this presentation by Medstar Good Samaritan Hospital is on the risk factors, signs and prevention of stroke. Learn techniques to reduce your chances of having a stroke and how to incorporate chair exercises as a prevention method. Free Stroke Prevention Kits will be given to all participants.

Vision Screenings
Maryland Society for Sight is providing two screenings at 12 Baltimore County senior centers. The Visual Acuity test using the Titmus machine checks visual clarity and extended distance. The Visual Field screening by Zeiss Humphrey Systems is used to check glaucomatous peripheral field visual loss. Patients who show any suspicion or abnormal results are referred to follow-up with their eye care provider. Appointments required.

How to keep your pet's brain and body healthy.
Katie Flory, Community Affairs Director for the Maryland SPCA will discuss the importance of keeping your pet’s brain active and healthy. She will provide information and advice on how to insure your pet’s mind stays healthy and active.

A Holistic Approach to Your Wellness
Join Melissa Beatty RPh, to discuss, nutrition, healthy pantry, food shopping, gut health, herbal and essential oil uses, supplements, and even pharmacy-related topics like pharmacogenetics!

 
Revised March 21, 2017         

 

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