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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.


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Health Screenings

Receive free screenings for common health conditions, including:

  • Blood pressure—screenings are held on a regular basis at most senior centers
  • Hearing
  • Bone density
  • Vision

Evidence-Based Programs

Watch the Evidence of Health video, 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: Essex, Pikesville and Liberty. To find out more, contact any of the senior centers listed.

Move With Balance®

Move With Balance® activities and exercises are focused on improving balance and brain function. The payoffs include increased coordination, sharper cognitive skills, better vision and enhanced self-confidence. The suggested donation is $15 for twice a week over a 10-week period. Class size is limited and registration is required. For more information or to register, call 410-887-2040.

Healthy Eating for Successful Living Workshop


A couple enjoys a healthy meal rich with vegetables.

Healthy Eating for Successful Living in Older Adults is a nutrition program for diverse community-dwelling adults age 60 and older. The six-week workshop meets one day a week for two hours. 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. For more information on when the next workshop is scheduled, call 410-887-2040.

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 lectures, 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. Space is limited for these workshops; preregistration is required. The next workshops are scheduled for the following dates and locations:

Fridays, June 8 to July 27 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Jacksonville Senior Center
3605A Sweet Air Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21131
Phone: 410-887-8208

Space is limited. To register, please contact the center directly.

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 interactive, 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 practicing tai chi.
  • Arbutus
  • Ateaze
  • 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®

An EnhanceFitness-certified instructor, trained to bring out the physical best from older adults, will safely lead a class through an hour of dynamic exercises at a pace that’s right for the participants. Sessions include:

  • A five-minute warm-up to get the blood flowing to the muscles
  • A 20-minute aerobics workout or a 20-minute walking workout to lively music that gets participants moving
  • 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

A participant's progress can be tracked with fitness checks completed at the time the individual joins EnhanceFitness, again at four months, and then as often as needed. 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 fitness level or in a group of various fitness levels ranging from frail to fit. EnhanceFitness classes are offered at the Bykota, Parkville, Overlea 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 workshop is modeled after Stanford University's Chronic Disease Self-Management Education (CDSMP) and Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP). Topics for the CDSMP workshop include:

  • Medications
  • Nutrition
  • Exercise
  • Frustration
  • Healthcare communication
  • Future planning
  • Relaxation methods

To learn more, watch the video Improving Quality of Life and Health Care Outcomes Through CDSME Programs from the National Council on Aging.

The next workshop is scheduled for the following dates and location:

Tuesdays, June 12 through July 10 from 9 to 11:30 a.m.
Liberty Senior Center
3525 Resource Drive
Randallstown, Maryland 21133
410-887-0780

Wednesdays, September 26 through November 14 from 9:30 a.m. to noon
Reisterstown Senior Center
12035 Reisterstown Road
Reisterstown, Maryland 21136
410-887-1143

Space is limited. To register or for more information, please call the senior centers directly .


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Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP) special topics include:

  • Techniques to deal with the symptoms of diabetes
  • Fatigue
  • Pain
  • Hyperglycemia or hypoglycemia
  • Stress and emotional problems such as depression, anger, fear and frustration

The next workshop is scheduled for the following dates and location:

Mondays, August 27 to October 22 from 9:30 a.m. to noon
Rosedale Senior Center
1208 Neighbors Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21237

Space is limited. To register, please contact the center directly. For more information, call 410-887-2040.

Health Education Presentations and Screenings

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


An audience of older adults and caregivers at a presentation.

Medicare Topics

Transitioning to Medicare Workshops
Turning 65 years of age or disabled? Are you ready to enroll in Medicare? A workshop will be conducted by Baltimore County State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) at the following Baltimore County Library branches from 6 to 8 p.m.

  • Tuesday, June 19, Cockeysville Library
  • Monday, July 9, White Marsh Library
  • Thursday, August 16, Randallstown Library

To register or for more information, call 410-887-2059 or email medicareinformation@baltimorecountymd.gov.

Changes in Medicare
Nothing is ever static and that includes Medicare. Every year, there are changes in the amounts of the Medicare premiums and deductibles. Baltimore County SHIP will be conducting a presentation to keep you up-to-date regarding what is new, updated or just needs to be reemphasized. This presentation is for those who have been on Medicare for several years versus newcomers.

Medicare Basics
Will you be turning age 65 soon? If so, you may be confused about the “ins and outs” of Medicare. Baltimore County SHIP will be conducting a presentation regarding the following Medicare Basics: when and how to enroll, what's covered, how it works, retiree health benefits and HMOs. In addition, programs that assist with Medicare costs will be reviewed. This is an excellent opportunity to learn how to select the best health care coverage for yourself now and in the future.

Health Care Fraud and Abuse—What You Need to Know 
Even if you do everything right, you could still be a target of health care fraud. Learn how to spot deceptive health care practices and identity scams. Learn how to recognize and report billing errors. This presentation will be conducted by Baltimore County Department of Aging’s Senior Medicare Patrol.

General Health Topics

What Would You Do?
Learn steps you can take to stay safe if you encounter a hostile situation with intruders. Attend an Avoid, Deny, Defend presentation provided by the Baltimore County Police Department and held at local Baltimore County senior centers.

Living Healthy With High Blood Pressure
University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center is offering a two-hour educational workshop at select Baltimore County senior centers on how to live well and manage your blood pressure. The interactive workshop helps individuals learn how to better manage their hypertension. Topics include: What Is High Blood Pressure, Problems with Salt/Sodium Intake, Home Monitoring Tips, Where’s the Salt and Knowing Your Numbers.

Thriving While Aging in Place
Learn several key strategies for successfully aging in place. Presentations are provided by Avila Homecare.

Exercise and Varicose Veins: The Do's and Don'ts
Dr. Peter Liao will discuss vein health and its relationship to your health and physical well-being, and offer free ultrasound vein screening at a Baltimore County senior center on the following dates:

Thursday, June 21 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Pikesville Senior Center
1301 Reisterstown Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21208
Phone: 410-887-1245

Wednesday, July 11 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Ateaze Senior Center
7401 Holabird Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21222
Phone: 410-887-7233

Wednesday, July 18 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Cockeysville Senior Center
10535 York Road
Cockeysville, Maryland 21030
Phone: 410-887-7694

Fighting Obesity Part 2
Dr. Peter Liao will discuss his take on what really works in the battle of the bulge. Learn new recipes and how to read food labels at a Baltimore County senior center on the following dates:

Thursday, July 12 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Overlea Senior Center
4314 Fullerton Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21236
Phone: 410-887-5220

Thursday, July 19 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Catonsville Senior Center
501 North Rolling Road
Catonsville, Maryland 21228
Phone: 410-887-0900

Thursday, July 26 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Jacksonville Senior Center
3605A Sweet Air Road
Phoenix, Maryland 21131
Phone: 410-887-8208

Life Is Calling
Learn about free captioning services from ClearCaptions at a Baltimore County senior center.

What Is Vascular Disease?
Join Dr. Richard Bafford, a vascular surgeon, as he discusses the different types of vascular disease such as stroke, carotid artery disease and peripheral artery disease and how to prevent and treat them.

Ask the Physical Therapist
Discover methods to improve your well-being with Physical Therapist Shannon Dannenfelser with NovaCare Rehabilitation at one or more of the educational presentations on fall risk, arthritis, back pain and posture.

What's So Grand About Grandparenting?
Join a lively conversation with Dr. Frances Bond about the joys and challenges of grandparenting. Dr. Bond will also share rules for being the “perfect grandparent” and how to create special memories with your grandchildren.

Are You Taking Your Medicines Safely?
The older we get, the more health concerns we have, the more doctors we see and the more medicines we need. More medicines can mean more mistakes and interactions. Learn how to safely manage medicines for the sake of yourself and those you love.

Stroke Awareness Education—Think Fast, Be Fast!
Provided by MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, the focus of this presentation is on the risk factors, signs and prevention of stroke. Learn about techniques to reduce your chances of having a stroke and how to incorporate chair exercises as a prevention method. Free stroke information will be given to all participants.

Provided by the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center during the month of April, the Be Fast—Stroke Education program will provide stroke information and blood pressure screenings. The focus is on the risk factors, signs and prevention of stroke.

Mindfulness: The Secret to Chronic Happiness
Join a discussion on mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques and how they can have a profound impact on your day-to-day life. The presentation is provided by Bonnie Moxley of PEERS: Seniors in Partnership.

Health Screenings and Services

Hearing Screenings
A hearing screening is a quick check of your hearing that is either pass or fail. It normally will take 5 to 10 minutes. You will listen to a variety of tones indicating which ones you hear. Failing the hearing screening suggests there is some hearing loss and a full hearing evaluation would be recommended to determine the degree of the hearing loss. 

Vision Screenings
Your eyesight is a precious gift. Protect it! Two free screenings provided: visual acuity test and visual field screening. Appointments required. Contact your local senior center in advance for an appointment.

Bone Density Screenings
A bone density test is used to screen for and detect the early stages of osteoporosis, a condition defined by a decreased density of normal bone that affects both men and women. Find out if you are at risk for osteoporosis by participating in a free bone density screening at a Baltimore County senior center.

Body Composition Analysis
Body composition analysis gives a more complete picture of health than weight alone and is a better way to monitor for personal health awareness or change. Attend a free screening session at a Baltimore County senior center.

Oral Cancer Screenings and Hearing Screenings
Presented by the Baltimore County Department of Health, Clinical Services. Sign up for a free Hearing Screening and Oral Cancer Screening at Baltimore County Senior Centers. Appointments are required.

 
Revised June 7, 2018         

 

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