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Health and Wellness Programs: 2015

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BCDA Initiative: Nutrition Education Programs

Baltimore County's 2015 Initiative examines issues related to food insecurity, hunger and nutrition. Throughout the year, the Baltimore County Department of Aging (BCDA) will target these topics with special programs, presentations and partnerships. Listed below are some upcoming events. Call your local senior center for information regarding other programs and events related to our 2015 Initiative: Nutrition and Food Insecurity.

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.

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.

The program includes individual, fall risk assessments with recommendations, educational sessions on risk factors, balance, staying active, home and community safety, feet and footwear, balance confidence and managing health and medication. Instruction includes lecture, power point presentations, handouts, exercise participation, small group discussions and games. This class meets for two hours, over a 7-week period. A follow-up session for reassessment of risk factors will be done after three months. To find out more information or when the next workshop will be held, call  the Health and Wellness office at 410-887-2040.

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. Learn how to register for a class, call the Health and Wellness office at 410-887-2040.

Medicare: Know the Facts

Join Sherry Kolbe, Coordinator of the State Health Insurance Assistant Program, at a BCDA senior center to learn the facts about  a variety of topics related to Medicare.

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, June 9, at Essex Library
  • Wednesday, July 22, at Reisterstown Library
  • Thursday, August 6, at Cockeysville Library

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

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.

Turning 65? Need Medicare?

Join Sherry Kolbe, Coordinator of the State Health Insurance Assistant Program in a workshop for people who are or will be new to Medicare, whether eligibility is due to turning 65 or transitioning to Medicare due to a disability.

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.

Market to Meal Time: Spring and Summer

Join Lauren Williams, with Maryland Food Supplement Nutrition Education (FSNE) to learn simple, low-cost ways to include more seasonal fruits and vegetables in meals and snacks.

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.

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.

B-More Prepared for Any Emergency

Provided by the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Division of the Baltimore County Health Department, on personal preparedness for emergency situations.


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.

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Revised July 9, 2015

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