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Health and Wellness Programs 2014

Health Programs and Screenings

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.

Active Living Every Day (ALED)

Active Living Every Day is a behavior change program that helps participants overcome their barriers to physical activity and make positive changes in their health and well-being. Participants learn to set goals, overcome barriers and find activities they enjoy. ALED uses facilitated group-based problem solving methods to integrate physical activity into everyday living. Developed by behavioral scientists at the Cooper Institute in Dallas, Texas, and offered through a partnership with Human Kinetics, this comprehensive program utilizes the ALED book and offers optional online support resources for participants and facilitators.

Findings from a MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center community health assessment determined that heart disease should be a priority focus for community health goals. ALED will be scheduled in east area Baltimore County Senior Centers (Ateaze, Edgemere, Essex, Fleming, Overlea-Fullerton, Parkville, Rosedale, Seven Oaks and Victory Villa) on a monthly basis for 12 months beginning October 2013. Participants at the first meetings will be surveyed concerning their current activity level and screened for weight, blood pressure, and resting and recovery heart rates. The groups will meet for an hour each month and follow ALED programming. The surveys and screenings will be repeated at the final sessions in September 2014.

Tai Chi for Better Balance

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 workshops are for people 18 years and older with chronic conditions, chronic pain or diabetes. The program is modeled after the Chronic Disease Self Management Program (CDSMP), Chronic Pain Self Management Program (CPSMP) 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.

A CDSMP is scheduled at the Essex Senior Center, 600 Dorsey Avenue, 21221. The program meets Thursdays,
from April 17 through May 22, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. For more information or to register, call the Essex Senior Center at 410-887-0267.

In this six-week CDSMP course participants will learn strategies to:

  • Cope with the effects of chronic pain, both physical and emotional
  • Practice good nutrition
  • Use of medication appropriately
  • Communicate with health care professionals

This program does not conflict with existing programs or treatments and is not meant to replace any professional healthcare services. Pre-registration is required.

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.

  • Wednesday, March 26, at  Essex Library
  • Tuesday, April 22, 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

Are You a Hospital Inpatient or Outpatient? If You Have Medicare - Ask!

If you are in the ER overnight, is your status outpatient "observation" or inpatient? Join Sherry Kolbe, manager of S.H.I.P. to find out how this status impacts what Medicare will and will not pay for.

Stand Up and Claim Yourself

Join Susan parks, with the Mental Health Association of Maryland, for an interactive discussion on bullying, intimidation and senior to senior aggression. Let's join together and learn to stand up and claim ourselves.

Ways to Enhance Family Communication

Join Frances Bond as she discusses the many benefits of communicating with family members. She will also provide tips for staying in touch.

What is Orphan's Court?

William R. Evans, Chief Judge of the Orphans' Court will speak about the operation and purpose of the Orphan’s Court. Find locations to presentations.

Gilchrist Education Days

Gilchrist Hospice Care, in conjunction with the Baltimore County Department of Aging, is sponsoring an all day educational seminar at four BCDA senior centers in the greater Baltimore area. The program is from 9 a.m. through 3:30 p.m. at all locations, includes lunch and is free of charge.

Energize Your Savings

Join Joe Tabeling, with CQI Associates, to learn what deregulation means, how to read a utility bill, how to select a third party supplier, and where to find a list of energy suppliers. Find locations to presentations.

Free From Harm: Seniors and Relationships

Join Ellyn Loy LCSW-C, Director of the Elder Abuse Project at CHANA, for an interactive discussion on what individuals can do when a relationship they are in may be harmful to them.

Vision Screening

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

Hearing and Oral Cancer Screenings

Participants can sign up for a Free Hearing  and Oral Cancer Screening at Baltimore County Senior Centers. Appointments are required.

Bone Density Screenings

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

Get a Grip on your Hand Function

Towson University students and faculty member will provide a free hand function screening that will assess your grip strength and overall hand function along with an education program to provide helpful tips to help your hand joints.

Medication Checkup

Medication Checkups will be provided on Friday, April 11, from 10 a.m. to noon  by Notre Dame of Maryland University School of Pharmacy. Student pharmacists, along with their professors will conduct a complete medication history review, answer questions regarding medications and provide blood pressure screenings.

The locations for the medication checkups are:

  • Edgemere Senior Center, 6600 North Point Road, 21219, Phone: 410-887-7530
  • Jacksonville Senior Center, 3605A Sweet Air Road, 21131, Phone: 410-887-8208
  • Pikesville Senior Center, 1301 Reisterstown Road, 21136, Phone: 410-887-1245.

Please contact the senior centers directly for more information or to register for an appointment.

Going the Distance

Join Susan Parks, with the Mental Health Association of Maryland, for a discussion on the importance of pursuing alternative transportation sources so that your "Golden Years" can be interesting, useful and fulfilling.

Safe Driving Strategies for Seniors

Join Carol Wheatley, of the MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, Adaptive Driving Program for a presentation to review a variety of driving strategies, and the driver rehabilitation process.

Get the Facts on Arthritis

Join Karen Kansler, R.N., from MedStar Good Samaritan Medical Center, to learn all about learn about arthritis, risk factors and treatment options which include: physical activity, medications, diet and exercise, and joint replacement surgery. We can help you to get going with arthritis!

Growing Healthy Habits for a Lifetime

Join Lisa Carolina Gonzalez, the University of Maryland Extension Gardening for Nutrition Educator, for a growing vegetables and fruits class.

How Far Has Your Produce Traveled and What Baggage Does It Bring?

Ever wonder the journey your produce makes before it reaches your table? Join Dietitian Jeanne Gourley, MS, RD, LDN to learn the answer.

Learning to Scale Back

Letting go of personal belongings can be a difficult process, join Robert Lynott, with Caring Transitions as he educates you on how to downsize and declutter your home.

Stand Up and Claim Yourself

Join Susan Parks, with PEERS, for an interactive discussion on bullying. Let’s join together and learn to stand up and claim ourselves.  

Vision Safety Behind the Wheel

Join Katzen Eye Group for a seminar that will help you better understand why you’re experiencing difficulties while driving at night and how to be safer behind the wheel. Vision Screenings also provided.

Senior Driving: What You Need to Know

Join Jan Crye, Driving Rehabilitation Specialist, of the Sinai Rehabilitation Center, for a presentation that will review a variety of driving strategies, and will describe the driver rehabilitation process.

  • Monday, May 12, at 10 a.m., Seven Oaks Senior Center, 9210 Seven Courts Drive, 21236, Phone: 410-887-5192
  • Tuesday, May 20, at 11 a.m., Reisterstown Senior Center, 12035 Reisterstown Road, 21136, Phone: 410-887-1143
  • Friday, September 5, at 1 p.m., Pikesville Senior Center, 1301 Reisterstown Road, 21208, Phone: 410-887-1245

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Revised April 4, 2014

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