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Health and Wellness Programs, 2015

Health Programs and Screenings

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Baltimore County Department of Aging offers evidence-based programs, health education presentations and screenings emphasizing wellness and disease prevention at senior centers throughout the county. Some programs are federally funded under Title III of the Older Americans Act. Topics include:

  • Vision screening
  • Chronic disease self-management
  • Hearing screenings
  • Nutrition education
  • Bone Density screenings

Blood pressure screenings are held on a regular basis at most senior centers.

Tai Chi for Better Balance

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Tai Chi for Better Balance is a program that empowers older adults 60 years and older to carry out health behaviors that:

  • Improve balance, strength, and physical performance for older adults
  • Improved postural stability and walking
  • Reduce the risks of falls
  • Improve self-management
  • Increase quality of life

Classes are highly participative, where mutual support and success build the participants' confidence in their ability to manage their health behaviors, increase physical activity to improve balance and strength and to reduce the risk of falls and to maintain active and fulfilling lives. For more information on how to register for a class, call the Health and Wellness office at 410-887-2040.

EnhanceFitness®

In a typical class, participants will experience:

  • A certified instructor with special training in bringing out the physical best from older adults
  • A five-minute warm up to get the blood flowing to the muscles
  • A 20-minute aerobics workout that gets participants moving, or a walking workout to lively music that the class chooses
  • A five-minute cool-down
  • A 20-minute strength training workout with soft ankle and wrist weights (0 up to 20 pounds)
  • A 10-minute stretching workout to keep the muscles flexible
  • Balance exercises throughout the class
  • Lots of opportunities for participants to make new friends and acquaintances

Each class may include up to 25 participants. Depending on the class, participants may either be among peers of their own level of fitness or a group of various fitness levels from the frail to the fit older adult.

EnhanceFitness classes do not require any special or expensive equipment. A certified instructor, who has completed the EnhanceFitness training, will safely lead the class through an hour of dynamic exercises at a pace that’s right for the participants.

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

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Take Charge Of Your Health: Living Well

This program is being offered free of charge by the Baltimore County Department of Aging (BCDA) in partnership through a grant with the Maryland Department of Aging. The program is modeled after the Chronic Disease Self Management Program (CDSMP) and Diabetes Self Management Program (DSMP) from Stanford University. For more information on how to register for a class call the Health and Wellness office at 410-887-2040.

Volunteers Needed to Teach Chronic Disease Management Workshops

Baltimore County Department of Aging, is seeking volunteers to instruct Stanford University’s Chronic Disease Self-Management Program. This six-week (2.5 hours per week) workshop will be taught at Baltimore County senior centers.  The program teaches participants how to manage their chronic disease(s) through healthy eating, exercise, stress reduction and other self-management skills. This evidence-based program has been found to improve participants overall health status (self-reported health, fatigue, disability, social or role activities, and health distress), and decreased their days in the hospital.

The Department of Aging will train volunteers to lead this community based Chronic Disease Management Program over a four-day training period. Volunteers must be able to attend all four days of training to become a certified program instructor. The training will be held at the Pikesville Library, 1301 Reisterstown Road 21208 on the following days from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Monday, March 2
Monday, March 9
Monday, March 16
Monday, March 23

To register for the training or to get more information, please contact Donna Bilz, Program Coordinator at the Baltimore County Department of Aging at 410-887-3423 or dbilz@baltimorecountymd.gov

Transitioning To Medicare

Turning 65 years of age or disabled? Are you ready to enroll in Medicare? Baltimore County Senior Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) will set you on the right course. Find locations and get directions to library branches.

  • Tuesday, February 17, at Essex Library
  • Tuesday, March 3, at White Marsh Library
  • Thursday, April 20, at Cockeysville Library

The program is from 6 to 8 p.m. and  you can register by calling 410-887-2059 or email medicareinformation@baltimorecountymd.gov

The Medicare Maze: What exactly is covered or not?

Join Sherry Kolbe, Coordinator of the State Health Insurance Assistant Program at BCDA for a discussion to find out what services Medicare does and doesn’t cover.

Managing the Stuff of Life

Join Go to Girl, Debbie Clark to learn how to organize personal and financial information in a systematic way.

Think Fast—Stroke Awareness Education

Learn about techniques to reduce your chances of having a stroke and how to incorporate chair exercises as a prevention method.

Lifestyle to Live Well—Diet and Exercise: The Dynamic Duo

Join Karen Kansler, R.N., from MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital to learn how to optimize your health and well-being through the dynamic duo—diet and exercise!

Nutrition Education Series

University of Maryland: Family and Consumer Sciences is providing a nutrition education series for 2015 at BCDA senior centers on the stretching your food dollars, portion distortion and finding reliable resources on nutrition.

Bone Density Screenings

Find out if you are at risk for osteoporosis by participating in a free bone density screening provided by Baltimore County Department of Aging and University of Maryland St. Joseph’s Medical Center.

Vision Screenings

 Your eyesight is a precious gift. Protect it!  Come for a FREE Vision Screening for those age 65 and older, provided by Maryland Society for Sight!  Appointments Required. Call your local senior center in advance for an appointment.

Body Composition Analysis

 A Body composition analysis screening can give a more complete picture of your personal health and bring awareness and/or change. Sign up for a FREE screening. Screenings and educational information provided by University of Maryland, St. Joseph's Medical Center.

What's So Grand About Grandparenting?

Join Dr. Frances Bond to discuss the joys and challenges of grandparenting. Dr. Bond will also share rules for being the “perfect grandparent” and how to create special memories with your grandchildren.

Legs Work

Learn the signs, symptoms, risk factors and treatment options related to leg vein disease

Ten Warning Signs of Parkinson's Disease

Join Bailey Vernon, with John's Hopkins University, Department of Neurology, Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorder Center, for an educational presentation on Parkinson’s Disease and related movement disorders.

Secrets to Living a Stress Free Healthy Life

Join Susan Parks, PEERS: Seniors in Partnership, for an interactive discussion on how to enjoy life more by reducing stress in your everyday life. 

Free From Harm: Seniors and Relationships

Join Ellyn Loy, LCSW-C for an interactive discussion about seniors and relationships.

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Revised January 29, 2015

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