Evidence-based living well programs empower older adults to take control of their health by maintaining a healthy lifestyle through self-efficacy and self-management. Evidence-based programs include:
Diabetes Self-Management: Diabetes is associated with an increased risk for a number of serious, even life-threatening, complications. Good diabetes control can help reduce the risk of these complications. Topics include nutrition, exercise, stress management, foot care and more. This class is also available in Spanish.
Chronic Pain Self-Management: Chronic pain can be debilitating and may lead to isolation and depression. Better management of chronic pain can help participants feel better, move better and improve quality of life.
Chronic Disease Self-Management: Chronic disease, such as heart disease, stroke, cancer and arthritis, are leading causes of disability in the U.S. Participants will learn to cope with the fatigue, frustration and pain that accompany chronic disease, and exercises for improving strength and endurance, all which have been shown to improve health and decrease hospital stays.
Living Well With Hypertension: Untreated hypertension is the leading cause of kidney disease and failure, and can lead to stroke and heart attacks. Participants will learn blood pressure management strategies.
Diabetes Prevention Program: This lifestyle change intervention program is designed to help participants make lasting changes to reduce their risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. Developed by the Center for Disease Control, this program offers participants the skills they need to lose weight, be more physically active and manage stress; a trained lifestyle coach to guide and encourage participants; support from other participants, and six monthly follow-up sessions to help participants maintain healthy lifestyle changes. Must be pre-diabetic or demonstrate a high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
PEARLS: There are many losses associated with aging – loss of health, loved ones, and independence – and these losses can lead to feelings of loneliness, frustration, anxiousness and restlessness. Left unattended, these feelings can lead to depression, and affect quality of life. PEARLS (Program to Encourage Active Rewarding Lives) is a free one-on-one counseling program designed to help those age 60 and older learn how to manage these feelings and improve their quality of life (Funding provided by The Women’s Fund)
Walk with Ease: This new exercise program seeks to help reduce pain and improve health for those living with different types of arthritis and other related conditions that cause pain and stiffness in the joints. This program will help participants walk safely and comfortably, improve flexibility, strength and stamina, and reduce pain.
Fall Prevention Classes
One in three Americans age 65 and older falls every year. In addition, falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans, and are costly in terms of dollars and quality of life. Evidence-based fall prevention classes have been shown to help reduce the number of falls among seniors. The following fall prevention classes will meet at the Richard A. Henson Wellness Center:
Stepping On falls prevention program: This program focuses on how strength and balancing exercises, medication management, home safety, footwear, vision and mobility are important in preventing falls.
Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance: This fall prevention program for older adults is designed to improve balance and functional movement patterns
Enhance Fitness: This program incorporates all aspects of physical fitness; cardio, upper and lower body, strength and endurance, flexibility and balance.
The following exercise classes are available to members of the Richard A. Henson Wellness Center:
Personal Training: Call 410-742-0505, ext. 130 for an appointment.
Stretch, Range of Motion & Flexibility Class: Low-impact class focuses on releasing tension in your muscles, stretching and balance.
Pump & Tone: Focuses on low weight loads and high repetition movements to burn fat, gain strength and produce lean body muscle.
Yoga/Chair Yoga: Designed to help participants decrease stress, improve circulation and posture, strengthen bones, and improve joint function and range of motion.
Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery: Research-based exercise class designed especially to combat progressive symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease.
Membership at the Henson Wellness Center is open to those age 50 and older, and anyone with a disability. Click here for more information about membership.