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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: Ateaze, Bykota, Catonsville, Cockeysville, Essex, Parkville, 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. The class is currently being held at the Hereford Senior Center, 510 Monkton Road, Hereford, Maryland 21111, to register call 410-887-1923, center is open on Tuesday and Thursdays only.

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 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. To find out when the next workshop is scheduled, call 410-887-2040.

 

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:


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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

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 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:

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
 

 To find out when the next workshop is scheduled, please 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.

  • September 19, Cockeysville Library
  • October 9, White Marsh Library
  • November 15, Randallstown Library
  • December 12, Cockeysville Library

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

 

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.

Market to Meal Time—Fall Harvest
Maryland Cooperative Extension is offering a class on how to purchase and prepare seasonal produce. Enjoy a cooking demo utilizing fall seasonal produce. Recipe cards and samples will be provided.

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.

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

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.

Health Screenings and Services

Flu Shot and Pneumonia Clinics 2018
BCDA in partnership with Maxim Healthcare services is providing flu and pneumonia shot clinics across Baltimore County and at the Power of Age Expo.

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.

 
Revised September 20, 2018         

 

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