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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.

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Evidence-Based Programs

Watch the Evidence of Health video, which demonstrates four evidence-based classes.


Aging Mastery Playbook Club—Online

Description: 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. Join us for a unique book club experience where we will read and discuss the Aging Mastery Playbook. Each week there will be pages to read on a particular topic. We will discuss the ideas presented, hear from experts, review guideposts and complete group activities.
Duration: Six weeks.
Date and Time: TBD
Cost: Free. The class fee is subsidized by a grant from the Maryland Department of Aging.
Registration: For more information, email Kyla Duhart at kduhart@baltimorecountymd.gov or call 410-887-1687.

Aging Mastery Program for Caregivers—Online

Description: 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.

Dates: TBD
Duration: 12 weeks
Cost: Free. The class fee is subsidized by a grant from the Maryland Department of Aging.
Registration: For more information, email Yvonne Yentsch at yyentsch@baltimorecountymd.gov or call 410-887-2970

Dealing with Dementia—Online

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. This workshop will be held virtually, internet access and technology required. 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

Cost: Workshop and 300-page guidebook are free. Seating is limited to 20.
Date and Time: TBD

Registration: For more information, email caregivers@baltimorecountymd.gov or call 410-887-4724.

Bingocize—Online

Bingocize is an evidence-based program that combines a bingo-like game with exercise and health education. The goals of the program are to help older adults:

  • Improve or maintain mobility and independence
  • Learn and use information focused on fall reduction and other health-related behaviors
  • Socially engage with other older adults

There must be eight participants interested and preregistered to hold a class, once we have met the minimum requirement we will set up a date and time.

Date and Time: Wednesdays and Fridays at 10 a.m., starting February 3 
Cost: Free. This program is partially funded under Title III-D of the Older Americans Act of 1965.
Registration: To register, email Zoe Larbig at zlarbig@baltimorecountymd.gov or call 410-887-7233.

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

Cost: Free. This program is partially funded under Title III-D of the Older Americans Act of 1965.
Duration: Classes are one hour, three times a week for 12 weeks.
Locations: Online.
Registration: For more information, email Teresa Reed at treed@baltimorecountymd.gov or call 410-887-2320.
 

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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. 

  • 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.

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. This program is partially funded under Title III-D of the Older Americans Act of 1965.
Duration: Classes are 1.5 hours, twice a week for 12 weeksNot available online at this time.

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: Online six-week workshop meets once a week for two hours. 
Location: For more information, email Stephanie Rigsby at srigsby@baltimorecountymd.gov or call 410-887-3052.

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. 
Cost: Free. This program is partially funded under Title III-D of the Older Americans Act of 1965.
Duration: One-hour workshops meet twice a week for 12 weeks.
Locations and Registration: Class size is limited and registration is required.

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

Duration: Two-hour workshop that meets for eight weeks. Not available online at this time.

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: Free. This program is partially funded under Title III-D of the Older Americans Act of 1965.
Duration: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1 p.m.
Locations: Online.
Registration: Call the Health and Wellness Office at 410-887-2040. Space is limited for these workshops; preregistration is required. 

Take Charge of Your Health: Living Well

These free, six-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

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

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

Cost: Free.
Duration: Classes are 2.5 hours, once a week for six weeks.
Locations: TBD
Registration: Call the Program Coordinator, Donna Bilz at 410-887-3423 or email dbilz@baltimorecountymd.gov. 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.

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.
Duration: Second and fourth Monday of each month at 2 p.m. 
Locations: Online, at the Ateaze, Bykota, Cockeysville, Essex, Parkville, Pikesville, Rosedale and Liberty Senior Centers.
Registration: Contact any of the senior centers listed.

Caregivers Programs—Online

Virtual Resource Sessions

Description: Learn about the many services and programs BCDA has to offer! These sessions are also a great way to have your caregiving questions answered and connect with other caregivers.
Dates and Times: The following presentations will be held virtually. Internet and technology required.

  • December 28 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • January 11 from 11 a.m. to noon
  • January 27 from 2 to 3 p.m.
  • February 8 from 2 to 3 p.m.
  • February 24 from 11 a.m. to noon
  • March 16 from 11 a.m. to noon
  • March 31 from 2 to 3 p.m.

Registration: To register, email caregivers@baltimorecountymd.gov or call 410-887-4724.

Caregiver Support Network

Description:This new program will be held on the third Wednesday of each month from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The goal of the Caregiver Support Network is to provide a safe and welcoming environment for caregivers to share their challenges and successes, while also learning effective strategies to enhance their caregiving. Each session will begin with a guest presenter and follow with the support network.
Dates and Times: The following presentations will be held virtually. Internet and technology required. 

  • January 20—Aging in Place: Arming Yourself with Knowledge, Deborah Bakalich, CEO Senior Care Lifestyles
  • February 17—Modifying Your Home to Age in Place, Craig Vacovsky, Senior Handy Services, LLC
  • March 17—TBD

Registration: To register, email caregivers@baltimorecountymd.gov or call 410-887-4724.

 
Revised December 21, 2020         

 

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