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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:

  • Blood pressure—Screenings are held on a regular basis at most senior centers.
  • Hearing
  • Medication management
  • Oral cancer
  • Vision

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.

Healthy Eating For Successful Living Workshop

Healthy Eating for Successful Living in Older Adults is a nutrition program for diverse community-dwelling adults age 60 and older. The workshop meets one day a week for two hours for six weeks. The goal of Healthy Eating is to increase self-efficacy and general well-being by improving  knowledge of nutritional choices that focus on heart and bone healthy foods as well as supportive physical activities. Goal setting, problem solving and self-monitoring are used to optimize individual behavior change.

The next workshops are Tuesdays, March 7, 14, 21, 28, and April 4, and 11 from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Parkville Senior Center, 8601 Harford Road, Parkville, Maryland 21234. For more information or to register for the workshop call 410-887- 5338.

Stepping On: Fall Prevention Education

Check out the National Council on Aging's video: You Have the Power to Prevent a Fall.

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.

The next workshop is at the Cockeysville Senior Center, located at 10535 York Road, Cockeysville, Maryland 21030. Classes will be held on Fridays starting February 17 through March 31 from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information or to register for the workshop call 410-887-7694.

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
  • 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 Education (CDSME) and Diabetes Self Management Education (DSME) from Stanford University. Topics for the Chronic Disease Self-Management Education workshop include:

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

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

CDSME: Chronic Disease Self Management Education
Mondays, February 27 to April 3,1 to 3:30 p.m.
Pikesville Senior Center
1301 Reisterstown Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21208
To register, call 410-887-1245.

Health Education Presentations and Screenings

The following presentations are either led by professionals in their field or County-supported programs.

How to Keep Your Pet's Brain Healthy
Katie Flory, Community Affairs Director for the Maryland SPCA will discuss the importance of keeping your pet’s brain active and healthy.

An audience of older adults at a presentation.
An audience of older adults at a presentation.

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.

  • Tuesday, January 17, at Essex Library
  • Tuesday, February 7, at Pikesville Library
  • Tuesday, March 14, at Hereford Library
  • Tuesday, April 11, 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.

Obesity, Physical Activity and Cancer: Let's Take Action
Lose weight, get moving. Advice we hear often, but do these two factors really contribute to a healthier me? How do they affect my risk for certain types of cancer as I age?  
Can I really reduce my risks by making some changes to my normal routine? Join Outpatient Oncology Dietician from University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center, Jennifer Williamson, to find out the answers on Tuesday, February 28, 12:45 p.m. at the Seven Oaks Senior Center, 9210 Seven Courts Drive, Baltimore, Maryland 21236. For more information or to register call 410-887-5192.

Diabetes: Prevention and Treatment
Learn how  you change your diet to keep your sugar levels under control and what medications doctors use to help with diabetes and high blood sugar.

  • Friday, March 17 at 10 a.m.,Edgemere Senior Center, 6600 North Point Road, Baltimore, Maryland, 21219, 410-887-7530

How to Manage Taking Multiple Medications and Reduce Risks
Learn how can you manage your medications to help reduce the risks and also to better communicate with your doctor if you are concerned about taking too many medications.

  • Friday, March 3 at 10:30 a.m., Victory Villa Senior Center, 403 Compass Road, Baltimore, Maryland, 21220, 410-887-0235
  • Friday, March 3 at 1 p.m., Fleming Senior Center, 641 Main Street, Baltimore, Maryland, 21222, 410-887-7225
  • Friday, March 17 at 1 p.m., Essex Senior Center, 600 Dorsey Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland, 21221, 410-887-0267

So...You Made a Resolution
Join the  Mental Health Association of Maryland as it explores the commitments we make to ourselves, how we establish and meet goals, the barriers we commonly face and the rewards we experience when positive change is achieved.

Standing in Your Own Shoes: Am I Doing What I Want to do?        
Join the Mental Health Association of Maryland as they help you to reflect on where to stand with your energy, your choices and whether or not you are comfortable in your own shoes, doing what you want to do.

The Caterpillar to the Butterfly
Join a PEERS, Mental Health Association of Maryland presenter to learn how mental transitions are affected by seasonal changes and the impact it has on our bodies and brains. Learn ways to make the shift a little easier.

Age is Just a Number and a State of Mind
You can’t change the number but you can change your state of mind! Join a PEERS, Mental Health Association of Maryland presenter to explore ageist stereotypes and an individual’s power to revive positive identity.

Vision Screenings
Maryland Society for Sight is providing two screenings at 12 Baltimore County senior centers. The Visual Acuity test using the Titmus machine, distance visual acuity tests are conducted to check visual clarity and extended distance. The Visual Field screening by Zeiss Humphrey Systems are conducted for glaucomatous peripheral field visual loss. Patients who show any suspicion or abnormal results are referred to follow-up with their eye care provider. Appointments required.

 
Revised January 12, 2017         

 

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