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 Class Photo

  • 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 kwilson@www.aaa1b.org or (248) 262-9226.


 

Healthy Lifestyles

Enhance Fitness
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. Download the Enhance Fitness Brochure  (630 Kb pdf).

Watch a video about Enhance Fitness.

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:

Livingston County
Hartland Senior Center: ( 810) 626-2135
9525 Highland Rd.
Howell 48843
Monday, Wednesday
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Howell First United Methodist Church:  (517) 546-2730
1230 Bower St
Howell 48843
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
9:15 – 10:15 a.m.

St. Patrick Catholic Church (Brighton):  (810) 229-986
3711 Rickett Rd.
Brighton 48116
Monday, Wednesday
9:15 – 10:15 a.m.

Macomb County
Jermaine Jackson Community Center (Mt. Clemens):  (586) 630-0252
58 Orchard, Mount Clemens 48043
Tuesdays
11:30 a.m.  or 6:00 p.m.

Oakland County
Pearl Wright Senior Center (Ferndale): (248) 547-9800 x 224
21131 Garden Lane, Ferndale 48220
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

St. Joseph Parish (South Lyon): (248) 446-8700
830 S. Lafayette, South Lyon 48178
Tuesday, Friday
10: 00  – 11:00 a.m.

Washtenaw County
Chelsea Senior Citizens Activities Center:  (734) 475-9242
512 Washington Street, Chelsea 48118
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Milan Seniors for Healthy Living:  (734) 508-6229
45 Neckel Court
Milan 48160
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
10  – 11 a.m.

Parkridge Community Center (Ypsilanti): (734) 483-7700

Turner Senior Resource Center (734) 998-9353
2401 Plymouth Rd., Ann Arbor 48105
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Ypsilanti Township Recreation Dept:  (734) 544-3838
2025 E. Clark Rd, Ypsilanti 48198
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
10:30– 11:30 a.m.

The Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program and Tai Chi Program

Exercise Program
Class are facilitated by a certified instructor and offers low-impact exercises that can be done either sitting or standing to help relieve stiffness and pain and to build strength and stamina. The class was developed by physical therapists specifically for people with arthritis or related conditions. Classes meet for one hour, 2-3 times per week for eight weeks. Class size varies. Additional information can be found at: http://www.arthritis.org/af-exercise-program.php

To find a class in your area, download the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program Flyer Statewide (263 KB pdf document).

Tai Chi
Tai Chi is an ancient practice proven to reduce pain and improve mental and physical well-being. Routines are safe, easy to learn and suitable for every fitness level. Classes are led by a certified instructor and are offered one-hour, 2-3 times per week for 8 weeks. Class size varies. Additional information can be found at: http://www.arthritis.org/resources/community-programs/tai-chi/

To find a class in your area, download the Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Flyer Statewide Programs (221 KB pdf document).

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.

Featured Upcoming Workshops:

Location: Cross Lutheran Church (Utica)
35851 Utica Rd.
Utica,  MI 48317
Tuesdays, August 19   September 23
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
For more information, call (586) 791-6640
Dowload the Healthy Eating Flyer Utica Fall 2014 (272 KB pdf document)

 


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.

If you would like more information on the PATH Program, please download the PATH Brochure. To find a workshop near you, please visit www.mihealthyprograms.org.

Featured Upcoming Workshops:

Watch a video about PATH.

Diabetes PATH
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:

Currently no workshops are available.  We will be adding additional workshops in the fall of 2014.

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.

 


 

Injury Prevention

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
Click here to download the A Matter of Balance Brochure ( 1.22 MB pdf document).  Classes are being formed continuously and being held at locations throughout southeast Michigan. To find a class near you, contact Kristin Wilson, AAA 1-B program manager/training specialist, at kwilson@www.aaa1b.org or (248) 262-9226.

Featured Upcoming Workshop:
Beaumont Health & Wellness Center (Rochester Hills)
1555 East South Blvd.
Rochester Hills, MI 48307
Dates: August 4 through 27
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
To register, call (800) 633-7377
Download the Matter of Balance Rochester Hills August 2014 (123 KB word document)
Grace Episcopal Church (Mt. Clemens)
115 S. Main Street
Mt. Clemens, MI  48043
Fridays, July 25 – September 19
Time: 10:00 a.m. – noon
To register, call (586) 465-4573
Download the Matter of Balance Flyer Mt Clemens Summer 2014 (180 KB pdf)

Crittenton Hospital Medical Center
1101 W. University Drive
Rochester, MI  48307
Mondays and Wednesdays for 4 weeks, September 8 – October 1
1:30– 3:30p.m
For more information or to register, call 248-652-5269
Download the Matter of Balance Crittenton Autumn 2014 Flyer (182 KB pdf document)

 

Become a Coach!
Are you interested in helping yourself and helping others? We are looking to build a corps of community volunteer trainers to lead our “A Matter of Balance” courses and our  “Healthy Eating for Successful Living in Older Adults.”  These courses are peer-led, so you don’t need any special qualifications beyond enthusiasm and dependability. No teaching or healthcare experience needed. Workshops are facilitated by two trained coaches. Participants who successfully complete coach training will be certified to co-lead workshops in their community.
A Matter of Balance Coach Training
Currently no training is available for A Matter of Balance Coach.  We will be adding additional training opportunities in the fall of 2014.Healthy Eating for Successful Living in Older Adults

Dates, Time and Location:
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
(Both classes must be completed to be certified)
Clinton Township Senior Center
40730 Romeo Plank Road
Clinton Township, MI 48038

Cost:
$50 per person*/$75 for two individuals attending together

Pre-registration is required. To register or for more information, contact Kristin Wilson (kwilson@www.aaa1b.org or (248) 262-9226. Download the Healthy Eating Volunteer Leader Training Flyer