Senior Health and Wellness Programs
How Our Programs Work
Some programs are offered directly by the Area Agency on Aging 1-B, while others are offered via our partner organizations. Most programs are conducted in a small-group setting and led by trained leaders. Most workshops will meet once or twice a week for multiple weeks and will require a commitment for that time period. Some of the programs are free, while others may be offered at low cost.
- Senior Exercise and Fitness Classes
- Healthy Eating as You Age
- Pain Management
- Chronic Disease Management
- Fall Prevention
The Area Agency on Aging 1-B (AAA 1-B) supports several senior health and wellness, chronic disease management, and injury-prevention programs in Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair and Washtenaw counties. All of the programs that we offer are evidence-based health programs that have been tested and proven to work in a real-world setting. Whether you are looking to develop healthy eating habits as you age, want to become physically active, learn how to live with and manage a chronic disease or health condition, or learn how to reduce your fear of falling, we’ve got a program that’s been proven to work and can make a difference in your life. For questions, or more information about any of these programs, please contact Kristin Wilson, AAA 1-B program manager/training specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (248) 262-9226.
This low-cost, hour-long group senior exercise class is held two to three times a week and led by certified instructors. It focuses on cardiovascular exercise, strength training and flexibility. It helps older adults at all fitness levels become more active and energized.
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AAA 1-B supports classes that are offered on an ongoing basis in Livingston, Oakland, and Washtenaw counties. To find out when you can attend a class near you, contact one of the locations below:
Howell Senior Center: (517) 546-6018
Hartland Senior Center: ( 810) 626-2135
Brighton Senior Center: (810) 299-3817
Pearl Wright Senior Center (Ferndale): (248) 547-9800 x 224
St. Joseph Parish (South Lyon): (248) 446-8700
Parkridge Community Center (Ypsilanti): (734) 483-7700
Healthy Eating for Successful Living Among Older Adults
This six-week class is focused on helping seniors make nutritional choices to help support weight management and the prevention and control of conditions like high pressure. Participants will become knowledgeable about healthy eating choices, physical activity and work toward developing healthier eating habits and eating behaviors. The program is led by two trained leaders and includes support from a dietitian or nutritionist. This program was developed in partnership by the National Council on Aging Center for Healthy Aging, the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Massachusetts and Hebrew Senior Life in Boston. To find a class near you contact Kristin Wilson, AAA 1-B program manager/training specialist, at (248) 262-9226.
Chronic Disease Self Management
PATH (Personal Action Toward Health)
PATH is a six-week workshop conducted in 2 1/2 hour sessions in community settings. The program was developed and tested by Stanford University to help people learn the techniques and strategies they need for the day-to-day management of chronic or long term health conditions. PATH is designed to benefit adults with chronic or long-term health conditions including arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, emphysema, asthma, bronchitis and depression. Family members, friends, and caregivers are also encouraged to attend the workshop. A Diabetes PATH course is also offered that focused on the specific needs of those living with diabetes.
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Diabetes PATH is a six-week workshop conducted in 2 1/2 hour sessions in community settings. It focuses on the specific needs of those living with diabetes. Workshop participants will learn techniques to deal with the symptoms of diabetes, fatigue, pain, stress and emotional challenges such as depression, anger, frustration and fear. Participants will also learn strategies for healthy eating, appropriate exercises to maintain and improve strength and endurance and ways to work more effectively with their doctor. Family members, friends and caregivers are also encouraged to attend the workshop. To find a workshop near you, please visit www.mihealthyprograms.org.
Featured Upcoming Workshops:
Look for information on new workshops coming soon.
Chronic Pain Self Management
The Chronic Pain Self Management Program is a six-week workshop conducted in 2 1/2 hour sessions in community settings. Topics discussed include: ways to deal with frustration, fatigue, isolation and poor sleep; appropriate exercises for maintaining strength, flexibility and endurance; use of medications; nutrition and communication with friends, family and doctors.To find a workshop near you, please visit www.mihealthyprograms.org.
A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falling
This eight-session course is led by two trained instructors. The goal of the program is to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Workshops are interactive. Participants engage in group discussion, problem solving, skill building, assertiveness training and learn exercises to increase flexibility, range of motion and strength. Classes help participants learn to:
- Think of falling and fear of falling as controllable
- Set realistic goals for increasing activity
- Change their environment to reduce fall risks
- Exercise to increase strength and balance
Featured Upcoming Workshop:
McLaren Macomb (Clinton Township)
Northpointe Rehab Center
37055 South Gratiot
Clinton Township, MI 48036
Tuesdays, September 10 – October 29
1 – 3 p.m.
To register, please contact Dee LaDuke, RN: 586-493-3813
Download the September 2013 Matter of Balance McLaren Flyer (232 KB pdf document)
Turner Senior Resource Center (Ann Arbor)
2401 Plymouth Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Mondays and Thursdays, September 16 – October 17 (no class week of oct 7)
3 – 5 p.m.
To Register: 734-998-9353
Download the Matter of Balance Turner Center September 2013 Flyer (82 KB word document)
St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron
2601 Electric Ave.
Port Huron, MI 48060
Wednesdays, September 18 -November 6
1- 3 p.m.
To register, please call 1-888 -MERCYME (1-888-637-2963)
Download the Matter of Balance Flyer September 2013 Port Huron (1 MB word document)