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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.

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.


Dealing with Dementia

Description: Dealing with Dementia is an educational support program for caregivers of people living with dementia that includes a four-hour workshop in a classroom setting for either family or professional caregivers of people living with dementia, the Dealing with Dementia Guide—a 360-page comprehensive manual for dementia caregivers—and an overview of the guide and how to find the information needed when it is needed. Topics include:

  • Insights into the caregiving experience
  • An easily understandable explanation of dementia
  • Best practices in caregiving
  • Problem-solving around dementia behaviors
  • Tips for caregivers to find time for self-care and stress management

 Submit an interest form to be contacted with more details.

EnhanceFitness

Description: 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. 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. 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

Locations: Bykota, Parkville or Seven Oaks Senior Centers
Registration: Call the Health and Wellness Office at 410-887-2040.

Healthy Eating for Successful Living Workshop

Description: Healthy Eating for Successful Living in Older Adults is a nutrition program for diverse community-dwelling adults age 60 and older. 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. 
Duration: Six-week workshop meets once a week for two hours. 
Locations and registration: Registration is required. Call the senior centers listed below to register.

  • Fleming Senior Center—Fridays, March 1 through April 26, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
    641 Main Street
    Baltimore, Maryland 21222
    Phone: 410-887-7225
  • Liberty Senior Center—Wednesdays, April 17, June 5 and December 4, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
    3525 Resource Drive
    Randallstown, Maryland 21133
    Phone: 410-887-0780
  • Parkville Senior Center—Fridays, May 3 through June 21, from 10 a.m. to noon
    8601 Harford Road
    Baltimore, Maryland 21234
    Phone: 410-887-5338

Move With Balance

Description: 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. This program is partially funded under Title III-D of the Older Americans Act of 1965. 
Cost: Individuals 60 and over are encouraged to make the suggested donation of $15 at time of registration to ensure the viability of the program.
Duration: One-hour workshops meet twice a week for 12 weeks.
Locations and registration: Class size is limited and registration is required.

  • Ateaze Senior Center
    7401 Holabird Avenue
    Dundalk, Maryland 21222
    Call 410-887-7233 to register.
  • Hereford Senior Center
    510 Monkton Road
    Hereford, Maryland 21111
    Call 410-887-1923 to register.
  • Rosedale Senior Center
    1208 Neighbors Avenue,
    Baltimore Maryland 21237
    Call 410-887-0233 to register.

Stepping On: Fall Prevention Education

Description: 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

Duration: Weekly, two-hour sessions scheduled over an eight-week period
Locations: 

  • Mondays at Pikesville Senior Center, from March 4 to April 22
  • Mondays at Rosedale Senior Center, from May 6 to July 1 (No class on May 27)
  • Tuesdays at the Loch Raven Community Center (formerly Loch Raven Elementary School) from April 2 to May 21
  • Wednesdays at Reisterstown Senior Center, from September 4 to October 23

Registration:  Register for a session.

Watch the National Council on Aging's video "You Have the Power to Prevent a Fall."

Tai Chi for Better Balance

Description: 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. Classes are highly interactive, where mutual support and success build the participants' confidence in their ability to maintain active and fulfilling lives, while improving:

  • Balance, strength and physical performance
  • Postural stability and walking
  • Self-management and quality of life

Cost: Individuals 60 and over are encouraged to make the suggested donation of $15 at time of registration to ensure the viability of the program.
Duration: Classes are one hour, twice a week for 12 weeks.
Locations: Arbutus, Edgemere, Fleming, Reisterstown, Rosedale, Victory Villa or Woodlawn Senior Centers
Registration: Call the Health and Wellness Office at 410-887-2040. Space is limited for these workshops; preregistration is required. This program is partially funded under Title III-D of the Older Americans Act of 1965.

Take Charge of Your Health: Living Well

These free, seven-week workshops are modeled after Stanford University's Chronic Disease Self-Management Education (CDSMP) and Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP).

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP)

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

Location:

  • Mondays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Pikesville Senior Center, from June 3 to July 15

 Submit an interest form to be contacted with more details.

Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP)

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

Locations:

  • Tuesdays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Fleming Senior Center, from September 3 to October 15

Registration:  Register for the workshop.

Pain Self-Management Program (PSMP)

  • Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, isolation and poor sleep
  • Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility and endurance
  • Appropriate use of medications
  • Communicating effectively with family, friends and health professionals
  • Nutrition
  • Pacing activity and rest
  • How to evaluate new treatments

Location:

  • Fridays from 12:30 to 3 p.m. at Jacksonville Senior Center, from June 21 to July 26

Registration:  Register for the workshop.

Timeslips

Description: The Timeslips program uses group storytelling to enhance the lives of people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia.
Locations: Ateaze, Bykota, Catonsville, Cockeysville, Essex, Parkville, Pikesville or Liberty Senior Centers
Registration: Contact any of the senior centers listed.

Health Education Presentations

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

Aging Mastery Program®

Learn how you can make the most of your retirement by improving your mental and physical well-being, adding financial and legal stability to your life, and strengthening your social and emotional ties to your community in this evidence-based program developed by the National Council on Aging.

Registration:  Register for a session.

  • Duration: 10 weeks, from July 8 to September 16 (summer)
    Cost: $35 (payable at first class)
    Location: Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon at Essex Senior Center

  • Duration: 10 weeks, from October 7 to December 16 (fall)
    Cost: $35 (payable at first class)
    Location: Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon at Liberty Senior Center

For Caregivers

Description: This program is for individuals who are currently, or expect to become, caregivers and has additional classes focused around the joys and challenges of caregiving.
Duration: 12 weeks, from February 6 to May 1 
Cost: $35 (payable at first class)
Location: Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Cockeysville Senior Center
Registration:  Register for the program.

Medicare Topics

Transitioning to Medicare Workshops

Description: 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).
Locations: Workshops will be held at the following Baltimore County Public Library branches from 6 to 8 p.m.

  • Tuesday, February 19 
    Pikesville Library
    1301 Reisterstown Road
    Pikesville, Maryland 21208
  • Wednesday, March 6
    Cockeysville Library
    9833 Greenside Drive
    Cockeysville, Maryland 21030
  • Wednesday, April 3
    Essex Library
    1301 Reisterstown Road
    Pikesville, Maryland 21208

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

Free Presentations

  • Medicare Basics—Learn about the “ins and outs” of Medicare, when and how to enroll, what Medicare covers, how Medicare works, retiree health benefits and more.
  • Changes in Medicare—This presentation is beneficial for newcomers or those who have been on Medicare for several years.
  • Healthcare Fraud and Abuse: What You Need to Know—The Department of Aging’s Senior Medicare Patrol teaches attendees how to spot deceptive healthcare practices and identity scams.

General Health Topics

Matter of Heart

Description: Join University of Maryland Nursing students and their professors for blood pressure screening, heart health and nutrition information
Locations and registration: Call the senior centers listed below to register.

  • Ateaze Senior Center—Wednesday, February 20, from 9 a.m. to noon
    7401 Holabird Avenue
    Dundalk, Maryland 21222
    Phone: 410-887-7233
  • Catonsville Senior Center—Thursday, February 28, from 9 a.m. to noon
    501 North Rolling Road
    Baltimore, Maryland 21228
    Phone: 410-887-0900

Other Programs

Learn more or register for the following programs:

  • American Cancer Society: Programs and Services—Learn what the American Cancer Society of Maryland offers: programs and services, research and screening guidelines and community events and volunteering.
  • Are You Prepared?—With a focus on personal preparedness for emergency situations, participants will be encouraged to assemble an emergency kit, make a plan and discuss with family members what to do in case of an emergency.
  • Donate Life—Learn about becoming a whole body donor to support medical research and education.
  • Home Safety and Fall Prevention Education—Join Senior Safety Solutions to learn how to decrease your fall risks and make your home a safer place from falls
  • Keeping Connected—ClearCaptions, a free captioning phone service that provides near-time captions of phone conversations for anyone suffering with a hearing loss.
  • Legs Work—Learn the signs, symptoms, risk factors and treatment options related to leg vein disease.
  • Living Healthy with High Blood Pressure—University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center is offering a two-hour educational workshop on how to live well and manage your blood pressure.
  • New Shingles Vaccine vs. Zostavax—Join us for a discussion on the difference between the new shingles vaccine Shingrix and Zostavax.
  • Pet Connection: Overcoming Loneliness—Learn the importance of having a place to keep your pets when you can no longer care for them.
  • Stroke Smarts: Stroke Awareness Education—Learn the risk factors, signs, prevention of stroke and techniques to reduce your chances of having a stroke.
  • What Would You Do? Avoid, Deny Defend—Learn the steps you can take to stay safe if you encounter a hostile situation with intruders.
 
Revised February 13, 2019         

 

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