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Health and Wellness Programs 2014

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.

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

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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.


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.

A CDSMP is scheduled at the Reisterstown Senior Center, 12035 Reisterstown, 21136. The program meets Mondays, from October 6, through November 17,  from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m (October 13, center closed for Columbus Day). To register, call the Reisterstown Senior Center at 410-887-1143.

In this six-week DSMP course participants will learn:

  • Healthy eating strategies
  • Techniques to deal with the symptoms of diabetes, fatigue, pain, hyper/hypoglycemia, stress, and emotional problems such as depression, anger, fear and frustration
  • Communicate with health care professionals
  • Appropriate use of medication
  • To make weekly action plans, share experiences, and help each other solve problems they encounter in creating and carrying out their self-management program

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

Move with Balance

Sign up today for a Move with Balance class to improve balance and brain function. The payoff: increased coordination, sharper cognitive skills, better vision and enhanced self confidence. This free class meets twice a week for 12 weeks. The class is available at the Fleming Senior Center, 641 Main Street, 21222, Tuesdays, September 9, through November 20, from 2 to 3 p.m. For more information or to register for the class, you can the senior center at 410-887-7225.

Flu and Pneumonia Shot Clinics

Baltimore County Department of Aging in partnership with Maxim Healthcare Services is pleased to announce 2014 flu shot clinics at all 20 Baltimore County senior centers and at Senior Expo. Find locations for clinics and cost of vaccines.

Medication Check-Up: November 7

Presented by Baltimore County Department of Aging in partnership with 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 screenings will be from 9 a.m. to noon at the following locations:

  • Arbutus Senior Center, 855A Sulphur Spring Road, 21227; Phone: 410-887-1410
  • Parkville Senior, 8601 Harford Road, 21234; Phone: 410-887-5338
  • Rosedale Senior Center, 1208 Neighbors Avenue, 21237; Phone: 410-887-0233.

For more information or schedule an appointment , please contact the senior center directly.

National Fall Prevention Awareness Week

Join BCDA on September 21, at the Community College of Baltimore County in Essex, 7201 Rossville Boulevard, 21237, from 7:30 to 10 a.m., for Gait Way 2 Better Balance, offering free balance screenings and educational materials on fall prevention.

National Memory Screening Day: November 18

Are you concerned about memory loss, experience warning signs of dementia or believe you are at risk due to a family history of Alzheimer’s disease or related illness. Screenings are also appropriate for anyone who does not have a concern right now, but wants to see how their memory is now and for future comparisons. 

Note: A memory screening is not used to diagnose any particular illness and does not replace consultation with a qualified physician or other healthcare professional.

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, September 16, at Cockeysville Library
  • Tuesday, September 30, at Essex Library
  • Tuesday, October 14 at Randallstown Library
  • Monday, November 17 at Northpoint Library

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

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 about Orphan's Courts.

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 to energize your savings.

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.

Balance Screenings and Fall Prevention Evaluations and Education

The Baltimore County Department of Aging, in partnership with the students from the Occupational Therapy Assistant program of the Community College of Baltimore County – Catonsville, will be providing balance screenings, fall screening evaluations and fall prevention education at Baltimore County Department  of Aging (BDCA) senior centers.

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.

Eye Health Talks

Join Lesley Lesser, with Omni Eye Specialists, to learn more on eye health topics such as diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and macular degeneration.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Be Informed: Home Improvement Scams and Telemarketing Fraud

Join Bob Monahan, a volunteer with the Baltimore County Police Department, to learn the latest information on home improvement scams and telemarketing fraud targeting older adults.

Managing the Stuff of Life

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

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Revised September 15, 2014

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