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Health and Wellness Programs

The Baltimore County Department of Aging offers screenings, evidence-based programs and health education presentations emphasizing wellness and disease prevention at senior centers throughout the County. Some programs are federally funded under Title IIID of the Older Americans Act. Brain Matters programs are available found online.

A nurse takes a patient's blood pressure.
A nurse takes a patient's blood pressure.

Health Screenings

Receive free screenings for common health conditions:

Evidence-Based Programs

Watch the Video: Evidence of Health, which demonstrates four evidence-based classes.

Timeslips

The Timeslips program uses group storytelling to enhance the lives of people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. Creative storytelling is held at the following Baltimore County Senior Centers: Ateaze, Bykota,Catonsville, Cockeysville, Essex, Hereford, Liberty, Parkville, Pikesville and Victory Villa. To find out more contact any of the senior centers listed.

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. Instruction includes lecture, PowerPoint presentations, handouts, exercise participation, small group discussions and games. The program includes educational sessions on:

  • Balance
  • Feet and footwear
  • Home and community safety
  • Managing health and medication
  • Risk factors, fall risk assessments and recommendations
  • Staying active

This class meets for two hours over a seven-week period.

Tuesdays, July 5 to August 16
1 to 3 p.m.
Pikesville Senior Center
1301 Reisterstown Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21208
To register, call 410-887-1245.

Mondays, July 11 to August 22
1:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Catonsville Senior Center
501 North Rolling Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21228
To register, call 410-887-0900.

A follow-up session for reassessment of risk factors will be done after three months. To register, call 410-887-1245.

Tai Chi for Better Balance

Tai Chi for Better Balance is a program that empowers adults 60 years and older to carry out health behaviors that reduce the risks of falls while improving:

  • Balance, strength and physical performance
  • Postural stability and walking
  • Self-management and quality of life

Classes are highly participative, where mutual support and success build the participants' confidence in their ability to maintain active and fulfilling lives. Classes are offered at the following senior centers:

A group of older adults lifiting handweights.
A group of older adults lifting hand weights.
  • Arbutus
  • Edgemere
  • Fleming
  • Liberty
  • Reisterstown
  • Rosedale
  • Victory Villa
  • Woodlawn

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

EnhanceFitness®

Each class may include up to 25 participants and classes do not require any special, or expensive equipment. Depending on the class, participants may either be among peers of their own level of fitness, or a group of various fitness levels ranging from frail to fit. An EnhanceFitness certified instructor, trained to bring out the physical best from older adults, will safely lead the class through an hour of the following dynamic exercises at a pace that’s right for the participants:

  • A five-minute warm up to get the blood flowing to the muscles
  • Choose between a 20-minute aerobics workout that gets participants moving, or a walking workout to lively music
  • A five-minute cool-down
  • A 20-minute strength training workout with soft ankle and wrist weights (from zero to 20 pounds)
  • A 10-minute stretching workout to keep the muscles flexible
  • Balance exercises throughout the class
  • An opportunity for participants to make new friends and acquaintances

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. EnhanceFitness classes are offered at the Arbutus, Bykota, Parkville and Seven Oaks Senior Centers.

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

Take Charge of Your Health: Living Well

This free program is modeled after the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) and Diabetes Self Management Program (DSMP) from Stanford University. Topics for the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program workshop include:

  • medications
  • nutrition
  • exercise
  • frustration
  • healthcare communication
  • future planning
  • relaxation methods

CDSMP - Chronic Disease Self Management Program
Wednesdays, October 12 to November 16
1 to 3:30 pm.
Fleming Senior Center
641 Main Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21222
To register, call 410-887-7225

Diabetes Self Management Program special topics include:

  • techniques to deal with the symptoms of diabetes
  • fatigue
  • pain
  • hyper or hypoglycemia
  • stress and emotional problems such as depression, anger, fear and frustration

DSMP - Diabetes Self Management Program
Tuesdays, October 18 to November 29 (no class November 8)
1 to 3:30 pm.
Pikesville Senior Center
1301 Reisterstown Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21208
To register, call 410-887-1245

Flu Shot Clinics 2016

Baltimore County Department of Aging in partnership with Maxim Healthcare Services is pleased to announce flu shot clinics across Baltimore County and at Senior Expo. Flu shots are no cost to Medicare B beneficiaries, and Aetna participants. Pneumonia shots are also available at no cost to Medicare B beneficiaries.

Health Education Presentations

The following presentations are either led by medical professionals or County-owned or -supported programs.

Transitioning To Medicare – If you are turning 65 years of age, or are disabled and are ready to enroll in Medicare, the Baltimore County Senior Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) will set you on the right course.

An audience of older adults at a presentation.
An audience of older adults at a presentation.
  • Monday, June 27, at Pikesville Library
  • Tuesday, July 5, at Cockeysville Library
  • Tuesday, August 16, at White Marsh Library

Find locations and get directions to the following library branches where the programs will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. To register call 410-887-2059 or email medicareinformation@baltimorecountymd.gov.

What's New with Medicare?- Learn the changes in Medicare costs, new advantage plans and new levels for QMB and SLMB.

Medicare Basics for Those New to Medicare - Join Sherry Kolbe, Manger of the Senior Health Insurance Program, to review all facets of Medicare A, B, C, and D, Medigaps and programs available to assist with costs.

Foot Health Talks – Bunion and Hammertoe Deformities – Join Dr. Jay Seidel to learn how bunions and hammertoes​ can lead to instability in the joint and cause deformity.

Emergency Preparedness – Learn personal preparedness, how to assemble an emergency kit and what to do if a disaster occurs.

 

Revised June 23, 2016        

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