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Health and Wellness Programs

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The Baltimore County Department of Aging (BCDA) 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 III-D of the Older Americans Act.

Health Screenings

Receive free screenings for common health conditions, including:

Evidence-Based Programs

Watch the Evidence of Health video, which demonstrates four evidence-based classes.


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 (plus graduation in week 11), from January 21 to March 31 (winter) – Canceled
    Cost: Free. The class fee is subsidized by a grant from the Maryland Department of Aging.
    Location: Tuesdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Edgemere Senior Center

  • Duration: 10 weeks (plus graduation in week 11), from September 10 to November 19 (fall)
    Cost: Free. The class fee is subsidized by a grant from the Maryland Department of Aging.
    Location: Thursdays from 10 a.m. to Noon at Ateaze Senior Center

Aging Mastery Program for Caregivers®

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. 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.

Registration:  Register for a session.

  • Duration: 12 weeks (plus graduation in week 13), from April 14 to July 7 (spring)
    Cost: Free. The class fee is subsidized by a grant from the Maryland Department of Aging.
    Location: Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Catonsville Senior Center

  • Duration: 12 weeks (plus graduation in week 13), from June 1 to August 24 (summer)
    Cost: Free. The class fee is subsidized by a grant from the Maryland Department of Aging.
    Location: Mondays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Bykota Senior Center

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Dealing with Dementia

Description: Dealing with Dementia is a free, 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 and the 300-page Dealing with Dementia Guidebook. Light refreshments will be served at the workshop and topics will include:

  • Understanding dementia
  • Effectively using the Dealing with Dementia Guidebook to discover answers when you need them
  • Managing problem behaviors
  • Handling stress
  • Finding time for you
  • Increasing self-care
  • Being bolder in your caregiving

Registration:  Register for a session.
Dates and Locations: 

  • Monday, April 20, from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Parkville Senior Center
  • Wednesday, May 27, from 11:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Liberty Senior Center
  • Thursday, June 25, from 11:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Pikesville Senior Center

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. This program is partially funded under Title III-D of the Older Americans Act of 1965.

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Fit and Strong!

Description: Fit and Strong! is an award-winning, multi-component, evidence-based physical activity program for older adults. This eight-week program targets older adults with osteoarthritis and has demonstrated significant functional and physical activity improvements in this population. This program is partially funded under Title III-D of the Older Americans Act of 1965. Fit and Strong! helps participants:

  • Gain a clear understanding of what osteoarthritis is and how physical activity that is tailored to the needs of persons with arthritis can help them manage arthritis symptoms.
  • Learn to perform safe stretching, balance, aerobic and strengthening, exercises which gradually increase in frequency, duration and intensity over time.
  • Incorporate physical activity into their lifestyles by exercising three times per week for one hour.
  • Reduce arthritis symptoms.
  • Develop individualized, tailored, multiple component physical activity programs that are sustainable after the program ends.
  • Maintain independent functioning.

Duration: 12 weeks, from January 6 to March 25—Remainder of Sessions Canceled
Cost: This program is partially funded under Title III-D of the Older Americans Act of 1965. Individuals 60 and over are encouraged to make the suggested donation of $25 at the time of registration, to ensure the viability of the program.
Location: Monday and Wednesdays from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Woodlawn Senior Center
Registration: Call 410-887-6887

Duration: 12 weeks, from June 23 to September 10
Cost: This program is partially funded under Title III-D of the Older Americans Act of 1965. Individuals 60 and over are encouraged to make the suggested donation of $25 at the time of registration, to ensure the viability of the program.
Location: Tuesday and Thursdays from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Arbutus Senior Center
Registration: Call 410-887-1410 to register

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. 
Location: To locate a workshop, call the Health and Wellness Office at 410-887-2040.

Fresh Conversations

Description: "Fresh Conversations" is a nutrition program where participants receive a free monthly newsletter, sample recipes, discuss current nutrition and health topics, and discover new ways to be active. The newsletter provides up-to-date information from nutrition and health research, healthy low-cost recipes, easy ways to be active at home, and puzzles and games. This program is free to adults 50 years or older, however, you must sign up each month, as space is limited. Registration required for each session; contact the senior center directly.
Duration: Once a month for 60 minutes for eight months.

Dates and Locations

  • Monday, April 20, May 11, June 8, July 13, August 17, September 21, October 19 and November 9 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at Lansdowne Senior Center, 424 Third Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21227, 410-887-1443
  • Tuesdays, April 14, May 5, June 2, July 21, August 18, September 22, October 20 and November 17 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at Rosedale Senior Center, 1208 Neighbors Avenue, Rosedale, Maryland 21237, 410-887-0233

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.

  • Rosedale Senior Center
    1208 Neighbors Avenue
    Rosedale, Maryland 21237
    Call 410-887-0233 to register.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Description: The Powerful Tools for Caregivers workshop helps caregivers take better care of themselves while caring for a friend or relative. Whether you provide care for a spouse, partner, parent, friend or a child with special needs; at home or in a care facility; whether down the block or miles away, yours is an important role. This course is for family caregivers like you!
Cost: Free
Date and Time: Mondays, April 6 to May 11, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.—Canceled
Duration: 2.5-hour workshops meet once a week for six weeks.
Location: Workshops will be held at the Ateaze Senior Center at 7401 Holabird Avenue in Dundalk, Maryland 21222.
Registration:  Register for the workshop online or by calling 410-887-7233.

Stepping On: Fall Prevention Education

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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. This program is partially funded under Title III-D of the Older Americans Act of 1965. 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
  • Malnutrition and falls

Location: Woodlawn Senior Center at 2120 Gwynn Oak Avenue in Baltimore, Maryland 21207.
Dates and Time: Wednesdays from March 4 to April 22, 1 to 3 p.m.
Registration:  Register for the workshop.

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, Cockeysville, Edgemere, Overlea, Pikesville, 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). These programs are partially funded under Title III-D of the Older Americans Act of 1965.

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP)

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

 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

Location: Workshops will be held at the Catonsville Senior Center at 500 North Rolling Road in Catonsville, Maryland 21228.
Dates and Times:

  • Fridays from March 6 to April 10, 9:30 a.m. to noon—Canceled
  • Fridays from June 5 to July 17 (holiday, no class July 3), 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Registration:  Register for the workshop online or by calling 410-887-0900.

Chronic Pain Self-Management Program (CPSMP)

  • 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

Locations: Workshops will be held at the following locations from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

  • Thursdays, April 23 to May 28
    Hereford Library Meeting Room
    16940 York Road
    Hereford, Maryland 21111
    Registration by phone only: Call 410-337-1479.

Timeslips

Description: The Timeslips program uses group storytelling to enhance the lives of people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. This program is partially funded under Title III-D of the Older Americans Act of 1965.
Locations: Ateaze, Bykota, Cockeysville, Essex, Parkville, Pikesville, Rosedale and Liberty Senior Centers.
Registration: Contact any of the senior centers listed.

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.

  • Monday, April 13—Canceled
    White Marsh Library
    8133 Sandpiper Circle
    Baltimore, Maryland 21236

  • Tuesday, May 12
    Pikesville Library
    1301 Reisterstown Road
    Pikesville, Maryland 21208

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

Medicare Presentations

Medicare Basics
Will you shortly be turning 65? If so, you may be confused about the “ins and outs” of Medicare. SHIP (Senior Health Insurance Program) will be conducting a presentation regarding the following Medicare Basics: when and how to enroll, what does Medicare cover, how it works, retiree health benefits, and what are Medigaps and Medicare HMOs.

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. 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 as opposed to newcomers.

Healthcare Fraud and Abuse—What You Need to Know 
Even if you do everything right, you could still be a target of healthcare fraud. Learn how to spot deceptive healthcare 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.

Financial Wellness

Protecting Yourself from Frauds and Scams
Learn the necessary steps to protect yourself from financial fraud. The Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition (MCRC) is offering a free seminar for older adults on how to protect themselves. Sign up today!

Protecting Your Privacy Online
Join the MCRC for a free seminar on digital privacy, focusing on ways to protect your privacy online, what to do if your privacy is breached, and what Maryland laws and resources are available to assist them.

Maryland Renters' and Homeowners' Tax Credit Program
Join the MCRC to learn how to navigate the application process and successfully submit your application to the State Department of Assessments and Taxation. Application assistance is also provided through the SOAR Program.

Money Smarts
Gain practical knowledge, skill-building opportunities and resources you can use to manage your finances with confidence on Tuesday, April 14, at 11:30 a.m., Fleming Senior Center, 614 Main Street, Baltimore, Maryland, 21222, 410-887-7225.

 

General Health Topics

Other Programs

Learn more or register for the following programs:

  • Advance Directives: Make Your Preferences Known
    Join Alan Eason for an interactive discussion on advance directives for health care.

  • Stroke Smarts: Stroke Awareness Education
    Learn the risk factors, signs, prevention of stroke and techniques to reduce your chances of having a stroke.

  • Leg Health: Let's Keep Walking
    Join Podiatry Associates to learn the signs and symptoms of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and understand how diabetes causes vascular disease. Screenings will immediately follow the presentation.

  • Stand Up and Take Your Power Back!
    Join Barbara Korenblit, LCSW to explore ways for you to regain your sense of safety and security so that you can enjoy your home and leisure activities in peace.

  • Legs Work: Venous Insufficiency and Proactive Measures of Treatment
    Learn the signs, symptoms, risk factors and treatment options related to venous insufficiency, a condition in which the veins have problems sending blood from the legs back to the heart.

  • Are You Blooming?
    Learn about the three contexts of good relations: with others, with self, and through meaningful activities. Participants will have the opportunity to pot a small plant that they will take home to nurture.

  • Let's Talk: What's the Difference between Isolation and Loneliness
    Learn the difference between isolation and loneliness and their effects on the body, brain and overall well-being. You will leave with a list of coping strategies and local engagement opportunities.

  • Passing On Friendship
    Join Casey Saylor from the Mental Health Association of Maryland to paint rocks with positive messages, while participating in a causal discussion about the meaningful relationships in their lives, making new friends, welcoming others, and participating in their communities. Participants will be encouraged to share the rocks with center members and the local community as an outreach effort.

  • B-More Prepared for Any Emergency
    This presentation is provided by the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Division of the Baltimore County department of Health. The presentation will 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. Pet emergency preparedness will be reviewed as well as the Coronavirus.

 
Revised March 19, 2020         

 

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