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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

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.

  • Location: Wednesday, October 23 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Woodholme Gardens
  • Location: Saturday, December 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Seven Oaks 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, two times a week for 90 minutes
Cost: Individuals 60 and over are encouraged to make the suggested donation of $25 at time of registration to ensure the viability of the program.
Location and Registration: To locate a workshop, 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.

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

 Submit an interest form to be contacted with more details.

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

Registration:  Register for the workshop.

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

 Submit an interest form to be contacted with more details.

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.

  • Wednesday, December 18
    Hereford Library
    16940 York Road
    Hereford, Maryland 21111
  • Monday, January 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.

2019 Part D Open Enrollment Plan at County Senior Centers

Appointments

If you need in-person enrollment help, contact the Baltimore County SHIP Office at 410-887-2059. Part D Open Enrollment appointments for one-on-one assistance can be made after September 1, 2019, for dates running from October 15 to December 7. Any enrollments made during this time will be effective January 1, 2019.

For one-on-one Part D research and enrollment assistance, see the schedule and locations for Fall 2019.

Be sure to bring to your appointment:

  • A list of your medications exactly as written on the bottles
  • Your Medicare card

General Health Topics

Other Programs

Learn more or register for the following programs:

  • 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.

  • Memory Screenings
    A memory screening is a simple and safe evaluation tool that checks memory and other thinking skills.

  • Balance Blood Sugars and Enjoy Eating
    Join Dietician, Courtney Ferreira, of Active Life Physical Therapy, for a workshop on managing diabetes while still enjoying your meals.

  • 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.

  • Legs Work
    Learn the signs, symptoms, risk factors and treatment options related to leg vein disease.

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

  • If Your Pet Outlives You
    Join the Maryland SPCA to learn more about how to prepare if this happens.

  • Looking for Companionship Later in Life
    Join Planned Parenthood to learn more about how to make meaningful and safe connections later life.

  • Love the Skin You're In!
    Join Planned Parenthood to explore the cultural messages and marketing of beauty in the United States.

  • 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.

 
Revised November 18, 2019         

 

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