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The Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) offers a variety of programs focused on health and wellness proven to help you live a healthy life.

As medical care and cost of health insurance continues to rise each year, it has become more and more important to focus on taking care of ourselves.   Whether  it be living with a health problem like diabetes, arthritis, or anxiety, learning to eat healthy, working on our strength and balance to live at home, or taking care of someone we love, we all are thinking about health, wellness, and prevention, whether we know it or not. The good news is the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) can help out.


Evidence-Based Programs have the advantage!

For anyone out there looking to make healthier choices, manage a health problem, or exercise, there are a million and one people offering their advice and point of view.  The stories may be inspiring, and the before and after photos are shocking – but even if it is all it’s cracked up to be, how do you know it will work for you? How do you know if the person it did help is anything like you?

That’s where the Evidence-Based programs have an advantage. Evidence-based programs are based on research. When you take one, you can be confident you’re participating in a program that works.  Evidence-based programming translates tested program models or interventions into practical, effective community programs that can provide proven health benefits to participants. In short, these programs work for older adults, they have been proven to do so time and time again.  The results are typical.

Learn more about Evidence-Based Programs – Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging


 See what Health & Wellness Program works for you!

Stepping On – Falls Prevention Workshop

Learn all you need to know to reduce your risk of falling by up to 31%.

Learn more about our Stepping On programs

Falling is very common; it can result in injury and can shake your confidence.  The threat of falling can be a barrier to safely doing all the things you want to do at home and in the community.  In fact, more than one-third of all people age 65 and older fall each year.  Falls are the leading cause of injury and hospitalizations for trauma and death among older adults.  People who fall become less active, and with less activity comes loss of strength.  Lastly, about 40% of people who enter a nursing home had a fall in the prior 30 days. That’s why preventing falls is critical to maintaining independence.   That is also why the Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) is offering Stepping On, a falls prevention workshop.

 

Stepping On’s main goal is to empower older adults who have fallen or who have a fear of falling to recognize and carry out health behaviors that reduce their risk of falls.  The program is designed to assist older adults to take control of their falls risk, explore different coping behaviors and encourage follow-through of safety strategies in everyday life.

The program is offered in a two-hour session once a week for seven weeks, followed by a home visit or phone call to each participant after the seven sessions, and a booster session three months later.  Classes are usually 10 to 15 older adults who have fallen or worry about falling.  Stepping On Leaders invite volunteer Guest Experts in content areas of exercise, vision, medications, and community safety to lead segments within different sessions.

Topics covered in weekly sessions:

  • Simple and fun balance and strength training
  • The role vision plays in keeping your balance
  • How medications can contribute to falls
  • Ways to keep from falling when out and about in the community
  • What to look for in safe shoes
  • How to eliminate falls hazards in your own home

This program is designed for:

  • Anyone age 65 or older who has fallen in the past year
  • Adults fearful of falling
  • Adults living in own home or apartment
  • Adults cognitively intact

Additional Resources

Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging – WIHA is the permanent home for several community-based workshops that promote healthy aging and healthy living like Healthy Living with Diabetes.

Wisconsin Department of Health Services – DHS collaborates with the UW Health Falls Clinic to provide information about injuries associated with unintentional falls and best practices in fall prevention.

Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, & Injuries (STEADI) toolkit – full of falls risks assessments, basic information about falls, case studies, conversation starters and educational handouts.

Preventing Falls: How to Develop Community-based Falls Prevention Programs for Older Adults – for the development of community-based fall prevention programs for older adults, a ‘how-to’ guide.


 In the News

Safety Tips to Prevent Pedestrian Traffic Deaths and Car Accidents – AARP

Bracing for the Falls of an Aging Nation – NYTimes.com

A Tiny Stumble, a Life Upended – NYTimes.com

Steps to Avoid an Accident – NYTimes.com

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Learn to live a healthy life and manage any health problem you may be dealing with.

Learn more about our Powerful Tools for Caregivers program

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational workshop for people who are taking care of a family member or friend. It was developed by Legacy Health Systems at the University of Oregon, Portland. PTC is designed specifically to support the family caregiver and improve his or her well-being – it does not teach hands-on care or focus on disease or other conditions.

The Powerful Tools for Caregivers program will provide you with tools and strategies to better handle the unique caregiver challenges you face.

Subjects covered include:

  • Taking care of YOU
  • Reducing Personal Stress
  • Communicating Feelings, Needs, and Concerns
  • Communicating Effectively with Others
  • Learning from our Emotions
  • Mastering Caregiving Decisions

Classes are taught to a small group (up to 15 older adults) by two trained leaders.  The workshop meets weekly for six consecutive weeks for 1.5 hours.

Who should take Powerful Tools for Caregivers?

  • Family & caregivers should take this course to help them better cope with the challenges of caregiving and get support and resources to make the caregiving journey easier.

Keeping You Informed

Powerful Tools for Caregivers classes happen throughout the communities in Green County.  To stay up-to-date, you can check out our Events Calendar or call the Aging & Disability Resource Center office at 608-328-9499

Healthy Eating for Successful Living

Learn more about nutrition and how lifestyle changes can promote better health.

Learn more about living healthy

Healthy Eating

Healthy Eating Workshops Teach Seniors Good Nutrition

Our health is largely influenced by two major factors: heredity and nutrition.  Heredity, of course, is one of the factors that influence our health and we have no control over it.  Many of us have a family history of specific health conditions or increased risks for health problems from our genetics.  The good

news is that the food we eat or our nutrition is equally important as our family history.  Nutrition is a health influence that we definitely have control over.  Knowing what foods to eat and how much of them to eat is the difficult part. We grew up eating certain things, prepared a certain way, and these foods and traditions have become part of who we are.  Changing them to improve our health or lifestyle takes time and practice.  That is why the Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) is now offering a healthy eating workshop called Healthy Eating for Successful Living.

Healthy Eating for Successful Living’s main goal is to help you maintain or improve your health by eating a variety of nutritious foods and maintain a healthy weight. The workshop will help you assess your current eating habits and then teach you to set small, realistic goals to improve your nutrition.

Healthy Eating for Successful Living is taught to a small group (up to 15 older adults) by two trained leaders.  The workshop meets for weekly for six consecutive weeks for 2.5 hours.  Each week a new nutrition topic is covered, and participants are asked to set a weekly goal that they feel is achievable to improve their nutrition.

Topics covered in weekly sessions:

Session 1
  • USDA MyPlate and 2010 Dietary Guidelines
  • Activity Levels and Appropriate Calorie Levels
  • Portion Sizes and Reading Nutrition Labels
  • Food and Physical Activity Journals  
  • Exercise
Session 2
  • Grains, Fruits and Vegetables, Water, and Exercise
Session 3
  • Meats, Eggs and Legumes, Milk, and Exercise
Session 4
  • Fats, Oils, Sweets, and Exercise
Session 5
  • Applying our Skills – Grocery Shopping
Session 6
  • Putting it All Together – Meal Preparation
Session 7
  • Healthy Eating Luncheon

Healthy Living with Diabetes

Learn how to manage your diabetes through diet, medication, and exercise.

Learn more about living with diabetes

Healthy Living with Diabetes
Healthy Living with Diabetes Workshops Support Self-Management

Diabetes is a chronic, life-long, on-going condition.  In fact, one of every 12 American is affected by diabetes.  In Wisconsin alone, there are 475,000 adults with diabetes and 1.45 Million with pre-diabetes.  While you may see a physician or another health care provider several times a year, most days you are the one who controls your diabetes through monitoring, nutrition, exercise and managing your symptoms. You are not alone if this change in lifestyle is a challenge.  That is why the Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) is now offering Healthy Living with Diabetes, a researched and proven program designed to help you manage it all.

Healthy Living with Diabetes’ main goal is to help you learn self-management skills to increase your confidence in managing your diabetes. The workshop will teach you techniques to deal with the symptoms of diabetes, about appropriate exercise, medication, and healthy eating strategies.

Healthy Living with Diabetes is taught to a small group (up to 15 older adults) by two trained leaders.  The workshop meets for weekly for six consecutive weeks for 2.5 hours.  Each week a new topic is covered and a weekly action plan is set.

You are not alone in your journey with diabetes and Healthy Living with Diabetes is a program proven to help.  People who take this workshop report improved health and feel confident in managing their diabetes.  They also show improvement in blood sugar levels and feel confident when talking to their physicians.

This program is designed for:

  • Adults with type 2 diabetes
  • Adults with pre-diabetes
  • Adults living with someone with diabetes

 Additional Resources

Diabetes Local – Living with diabetes is a challenge! Link to local resources and learn about diabetes self-care behaviors in your area.

Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging – WIHA is the permanent home for several community-based workshops that promote healthy aging and healthy living like Healthy Living with Diabetes.

Keeping You Informed

Health and Wellness classes happen regularly throughout the communities in Green County.  To stay up-to-date, you can check out our Events Calendar by clicking HERE  or get updates delivered directly to your inbox by subscribing HERE.


 Additional Resources

Read more about the value of Evidence-Based Programs from the National Council on Aging

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