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.
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.
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.
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 DSMP is scheduled at the Essex Senior Center, 600 Dorsey Avenue, 21221. The program meets Mondays, November 3 through December 8, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. To register, call the Essex Senior Center at 410-887-0267.
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.
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 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.
- Monday, November 17, at Northpoint Library
- Tuesday, December 16, at Cockeysville Library
The program is from 6 to 8 p.m. and you can register by calling 410-887-2059 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Flu Shot Clinics
Baltimore County Department of Aging in partnership with Maxim Healthcare Services is pleased to announce flu and pneumonia shot clinics in Baltimore County Senior Centers and at Senior Expo.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Revised October 17, 2014