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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, 11, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017
1 to 3:30 p.m.
Pikesville Senior Center
1301 Reisterstown Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21208
To register, call 410-887-1245.

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

Finding Reliable Health Information
Director Linda Gorman of the Harrison Library at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center will give you research strategies to help you find reliable health information on the internet.

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, December 13, at Cockeysville Library
  • Tuesday, January 17, at Essex 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.

Foot Health Talks—Wound Care and Wound Management
Join Dr. Jay Seidel to learn how successful treatment of difficult wounds requires assessment of the entire patient and not just the wound.

Technology to Enhance Your Life
Join Ted Meyerson from the Better Aging Foundation of Maryland to learn about technology you can use now and some amazing things that will be available soon that will enhance your life.

Diabetes and Brain Health
Whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes both the high and the low blood glucose levels can affect your brain, join Angel Shannon, CRNP to learn more.

Balancing the Ups and Downs of the Holidays
Holiday time can be stressful. Feel like you are on a see-saw with activities and emotions. Join Kim Burton, for a talk that  emphasizes “presence” over “presents” and provide strategies for balance during the ups and downs of the holidays

Healthy Relationships through the Holidays
Join Jacke L. Schroeder, LCSW-C,Director of SAFE, to learn how to survive the Holi-Daze stress-free.

 

Revised November 29, 2016        

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