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. 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 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
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. Each class may include up to 25 participants.
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.
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 workshops are for people 18 years and older with chronic conditions, chronic pain or diabetes. The program is modeled after the Chronic Disease Self Management Program (CDSMP), Chronic Pain Self Management Program (CPSMP) 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 CPSMP is scheduled at the Bykota Senior Center, 611 Central Avenue, 21204. The program meets once a week, February 6 through March 13, from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information or to register, call the Bykota Senior Center at 410-887-3094.
In this six-week CPSMP course participants will learn strategies to:
- Cope with the effects of chronic pain, both physical and emotional
- Practice good nutrition
- Use of medication appropriately
- Communicate with health care professionals
This program does not conflict with existing programs or treatments and is not meant to replace any professional healthcare services. Pre-registration is required.
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, January 21, 2014 - Cockeysville Library
- Thursday, February 27 , 2014 - Randallstown Library
- Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - Essex 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
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.
Gilchrist Education Days
Gilchrist Hospice Care, in conjunction with the Baltimore County Department of Aging, is sponsoring an all day educational seminar at four BCDA senior centers in the greater Baltimore area. The program is from 9 a.m. through 3:30 p.m. at all locations, includes lunch and is free of charge.
Your eyesight is a precious gift. Protect it! Come for a free Vision Screening, provided by Maryland Society for Sight. Appointments Required. Call your local senior center in advance for an appointment.
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.
Get the Facts on Arthritis
Join Karen Kansler, R.N., from MedStar Good Samaritan Medical Center, to learn all about learn about arthritis, risk factors and treatment options which include: physical activity, medications, diet and exercise, and joint replacement surgery. We can help you to get going with arthritis!
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.
Revised December 17, 2013