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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:

  • Blood pressure—Screenings are held on a regular basis at most senior centers.
  • 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, Essex, Hereford, Pikesville and Victory Villa. 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 payoff: increased coordination, sharper cognitive skills, better vision and enhanced self-confidence. Classes are held at the Cockeysville Senior Center, 10535 York Road, Cockeysville, Maryland 21030. Limited class size, registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Cockeysville Senior Center at 410-887-7694.

Healthy Eating For Successful Living Workshop


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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 workshop will be Tuesdays, November 7 through December 12, 2017, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Seven Oaks Senior Center, 9210 Seven Courts Drive, Baltimore, Maryland 21236. For more information or to register call 410-887-5192.

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. Space is limited for these workshops, preregistration is a must.

Locations for Workshops

  • Cockeysville Senior Center, 10535 York Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21030, Thursdays, September 14 through November 2, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. For more information or to register please call 410-887-7694.
  • Ateaze Senior Center, 7401 Holabird Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland, Tuesdays, October 3 through November 14, from 1 to 3 p.m. For more information or to register please call 410-887-7233.
  • Pikesville Senior Center, 1301 Reisterstown Road, Reisterstown, Maryland 21136, Mondays, October 16 through November 27, from 1 to 3 p.m. For more information or to register please call 410-887-1245.

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:


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  • 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®

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 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 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

The next CDSME workshop will be held on Mondays, September 11 through October 23, 2017 (no class on October 9, center closed for Columbus Day) from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Fleming Senior Center, 641 Main Street, Baltimore, Maryland, 21222. For more information or to register call 410-887-7225.


Hands Holding a Glucometer

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

The next DSMP workshop will be on Mondays, October 16 through November 20, 2017 from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Overlea-Fullerton Senior Center, 4314 Fullerton Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland, 21236. For more information or to register call 410-887-5220.

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? Workshops are conducted by Baltimore County State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) at the following Baltimore County Libraries from 6 to 8 p.m.:

  • September 18, Cockeysville Library
  • October 11, White Marsh Library
  • November 7, Pikesville Library

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

General Health Topics

Resiliency—Band Together
Resiliency is the ability to recognize, recover from and adjust to misfortune. Learn steps to Breathe, Assess, Navigate and Decide with PEERS staff, Mental health Association of Maryland.

Know Your Rights: Don't Let People Wrong You
Has anyone tried to take away your rights, just because of your age? Join Jacke Schroeder and Barbara Korenblit of SAFE: Stop Abuse of Elders to discuss your rights in the areas of health, wealth and personal information, at a Baltimore County Senior Center. Knowledge is power!

Balance Screenings and Fall Prevention Education
CCBC Occupational Therapy Assistant students will be providing balance screenings and fall prevention education at four Baltimore County senior centers.

Think fast: Stroke Awareness Education
The focus of this presentation by MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital is on the risk factors, signs and prevention of stroke. Learn techniques to reduce your chances of having a stroke and how to incorporate chair exercises as a prevention method. Free Stroke Prevention Kits will be given to all participants.

A Holistic Approach to Your Wellness
Join Melissa Beatty RPh, to discuss, nutrition, healthy pantry, food shopping, gut health, herbal and essential oil uses, supplements, and even pharmacy-related topics like pharmacogenetics!

Zika Virus Community Chat
Baltimore County residents are invited to join a Baltimore County Department of Health presentation to learn about Zika Virus and preventing mosquito bites.

Decluttering—Learning to Let Go
Join Dr. Elspeth N. Bell, as she helps you get organized:

  • Identify reasons why it can be difficult to let go of possessions.
  • Develop a plan for how to let go of items that are cluttering up your home.
  • Identify professional resources available to provide assistance.

Health Screenings and Services

Flu and Pneumonia Shot Clinics 2017
Baltimore County Department of Aging, in partnership with Maxim Healthcare Services, is pleased to announce flu shot clinics across Baltimore County. High dose (FLUAD), low dose (Quadrivalent) and pneumonia vaccines will be available.

HIV and Hepatitis C Testing
The Baltimore County Department of Health (BCDH) is working to reduce the number of people who are impacted by both of these preventable diseases by offering education and free testing services.

Matter of Heart
Get a fitness screening for your heart, blood pressure checks and body fat analysis. Screenings provided by University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC) nursing students.

The Importance of Immunizations
Learn more about the importance of being vaccinated against shingles, flu, and more with Glynnis Hall with Health Quality Innovators (HQI)

Memory Screenings November 2017
A memory screening is a simple and safe evaluation tool that checks memory and other thinking skills. It can indicate whether an additional check up by a qualified healthcare professional is needed.

 
Revised September 7, 2017         

 

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