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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
  • Medication management
  • Oral cancer
  • 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, 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 payoffs include increased coordination, sharper cognitive skills, better vision and enhanced self-confidence. Classes are held at:

Cockeysville Senior Center
10535 York Road
Cockeysville, Maryland 21030

Class size is limited, and 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 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.

Dates and Location for Workshop

Tuesdays, November 7 through December 12, 2017,10 a.m. to noon
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 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 a must.

Dates and Locations for Workshops

Tuesdays, October 3 through November 14, 1 to 3 p.m.
Ateaze Senior Center
7401 Holabird Avenue
Dundalk, Maryland 21222
Phone: 410-887-7233

Mondays, October 16 through November 27, 1 to 3 p.m.
Pikesville Senior Center
1301 Reisterstown Road
Pikesville, Maryland 21208
Phone: 410-887-1245

For more information or to register, please call a senior center listed above.

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®

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, 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 workshop is modeled after Stanford University's Chronic Disease Self-Management Education (CDSME) and Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) program. Topics for the CDSME workshop include:

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

For more information on the next CDSME workshop date and location, call 410-887-2040.


Hands holding a glucometer

Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP) 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

For more information on upcoming workshops, 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? Workshops are conducted by Baltimore County State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) at the following Baltimore County Libraries from 6 to 8 p.m.:

  • November 7, Pikesville Library
  • December 19, Cockeysville Library

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

Options After MedStar
Losing your MedStar HMO? Join a Baltimore County Department of Aging SHIP representative at a workshop to learn about your options and the timelines for making a decision.

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 from the Mental Health Association of Maryland.

Winter Holi-Daze Season Got You Stressed?
Come chat with a PEERS member about ways to help your mind and body stay happy and healthy this holiday season.

Know Your Rights: Don't Let People Wrong You
Has anyone tried to take away your rights 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 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 such as pharmacogenetics.

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 are 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 from Health Quality Innovators (HQI).

Living Life to the Fullest
Occupational therapy students and faculty from Towson University are empowering people to live well through screenings, education and activities on fall prevention, hand function and medication management.

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.

Medication Check-Ups: November 10, 2017, 9 a.m. to Noon
A medication check-up is helpful for anyone who uses prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, herbal products or dietary supplements. Student pharmacists will conduct a complete medication history, answer questions regarding medications, review your medical history and provide blood pressure screenings.Your medicines should be reviewed regularly to check that they are right for you. This event will be held at the following locations: 

Liberty Senior Center
3525 Resource Drive
Randallstown, Maryland, 21133
Phone: 410-887-0780

Seven Oaks Senior Center
9210 Seven Courts Drive
Baltimore, Maryland, 21236
Phone: 410-887-5192

To register for this event, contact a senior center listed above.

 
Revised October 12, 2017         

 

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