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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:

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

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)
    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
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 February 11 to May 7
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 Loch Raven Community Center
Registration: Call 410-887-3094 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.

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
    Baltimore, Maryland 21237
    Call 410-887-0233 to register.

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, Edgemere, Overlea, 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 Baltimore, Maryland 21228.
Dates and Times: Fridays from March 6 to April 10, 9:30 a.m. to noon
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.

  • Tuesdays, March 3 to April 7
    Overlea Senior Center
    4314 Fullerton Avenue
    Baltimore, Maryland 21236

    Registration:  Register for the workshop online or call 410-887-5220 to register by phone.

  • 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.

  • Tuesday, February 25
    Pikesville Library
    1301 Reisterstown Road
    Pikesville, Maryland 21208

  • Tuesday, March 10
    Cockeysville Library
    9833 Greenside Drive
    Cockeysville, Maryland 21030

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

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 Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition (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 Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition (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:

  • Matter of Heart
    Join University of Maryland nursing students and their professor as they provide blood pressures screenings and educational information on nutrition, heart, stroke and blood pressure.

  • 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.

  • Stop the Bleed Training
    Learn how to stop life-threatening bleeding. No prior medical training is required. Session will include an overview of bleeding control and hands-on demonstrations of compression only CPR, wound packing and tourniquet use.

  • Are You Taking Your Medicine Safely?
    Join the Maryland Poison Center for a free, interactive presentation to learn how to safely manage medicines.

 
Revised February 7, 2020         

 

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