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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 and educational sessions on:

  • Risk factors
  • Balance
  • Staying active
  • Home and community safety
  • Feet and footwear
  • Balance confidence
  • Managing health and medication

Instruction includes lecture, PowerPoint presentations, handouts, exercise participation, small group discussions and games. This class meets for two hours over a seven-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 (zero 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 or call the Health and Wellness office at 410-887-2040.

Medication Check-up

Notre Dame of Maryland University - School of Pharmacy students along with their professors will conduct medication check-ups that include: a complete medication history review, answer questions regarding medications; and provide blood pressure screenings.

Managing Your Diabetes: The Next Step

 Learn from an A1C Champion, the importance of blood sugar control and how insulin can help Topics covered in the session include:

  • Why it is important to control blood sugar
  • Background information about insulin
  • Dispelling myths about insulin
  • Taking insulin as part of an overall diabetes management plan
  • Making choices that can help patients reach their blood sugar goals
  • The importance of communicating with the healthcare team

This one-hour session will be held on Monday, November 2, at 11 a.m., at the Liberty Senior Center, 3525 Resource Drive, 21133. To register for this program or for more information contact the senior center at 410-887-0780.

Memory Screenings

A memory screening is a simple and safe evaluation tool that checks memory and other thinking skills. It can indicate whether an additional check up by a qualified healthcare professional is needed. 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. Provided by: Baltimore County Department of Aging and Senior Helpers

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? The Baltimore County Senior Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) will set you on the right course. Find locations and get directions to library branches.

  • Tuesday, October 6, at Pikesville Library
  • Tuesday, November 10, at Cockeysville Library
  • Wednesday, December 9, at Essex Library

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

Friends: Fall Screening Evaluations and Education

Students and staff of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Department of the Community College of Baltimore County Catonsville will be providing fall balance screenings and education at six BCDA senior centers.

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.

Healthy Tips for Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes

Learn practical and delicious ways to manage your diabetes and pre-diabetes. Discover the top 10 diabetes superfoods as recommended by the American Diabetes Association, and learn how to balance your carb and protein intake to keep your blood sugars in check!

Toss the Salt: Spice Up Your Life

Herbs and spices are a simple way to add flavor, fragrance and nutrition to your day. Join Lisa Coleman, nutritionist at Giant, to learn about the health benefits of common culinary spices.

Market to Meal Time

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!

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.

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.

Skills for the Job of Living

Join us for a balance screening, hand function screening and educational information on how to remain an independent older adult, provided by BCDA and Towson University O.T. students.

Ten Warning Signs of Parkinson's Disease

Join Bailey Vernon, with Johns 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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Eye Health Talks

Join Dr. Samantha Dougherty, with Omni Eye Specialists for an educational presentation on Diabetic Retinopathy or Glaucoma.

Revised September 16, 2015

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