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WELLNESS & PREVENTION

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.

Continue to scroll down to see the programs we offer.

Boost Your Brain and Memory

 

 

Learn to practice the most promising strategies for keeping your brain healthy as you age.

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What is Boost Your Brain and Memory?

Boost Your Brain and Memory is an evidence based program designed to help you learn and practice the most promising strategies for keeping your brain healthy as you age.  This program uses a unique whole-person approach to brain fitness, providing you with healthy practices that can help you remember things better, be more organized, pay closer attention, and reduce your stress—as well as reduce your risk of dementia.


Who can take Boost Your Brain and Memory?

Anyone interested in living a healthier life, remembering things better, being more organized, and paying closer attention.  (It is recommended anyone with Dementia should not enroll in this class, as content can be complex at times.)


How long is the program?

Participants meet for 90 minutes, once a week, for 8 consecutive weeks and are guided by an instructor who shares informational video segments, followed by group discussion and activities.


Topics Discussed:

  • Physical Activity
  • Emotional Health
  • Intellectual Health
  • Nutrition
  • Spiritual Activity
  • Social Engagement
  • AND MORE…

Each of the eight sessions consists of the following activities:

  • Check In
  • Review of the Previous Session’s Content
  • Video Presentation
  • Discussion
  • Memory Strategy
  • Goal Setting & Recap

 

Healthy Living with Chronic Pain

 

This workshop is for people who have on-going, persistent pain and want to learn how to manage the pain and maintain active and fulfilling lives.

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What is Healthy Living with Chronic Pain?

Healthy Living with Chronic Pain (HLCP) is a high-level evidence-based program for people who have on-going, persistent pain.  Developed at Stanford University, this community-based program is very interactive, where mutual support and success build participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their pain and maintain active and fulfilling lives.  It is facilitated by two trained leaders in a small group setting, and most of the learning comes from sharing and helping others in the workshop with similar challenges.  This program does not replace existing treatments, but serves to complement a participant’s current medical treatment plan. This program is not meant for a person who has pain medication addiction issues. 


Who can take Healthy Living with Chronic Pain?

Workshops are best for anyone who is 18 or older and has, or lives with someone who has chronic pain.


How long is the program?

Classes are 2 1/2 hours, once a week, for 6 consecutive weeks.


Topics Discussed:

  • What is pain?
  • Short-term goal setting
  • Using your mind to manage symptoms: relaxation & breathing
  • Healthy eating and nutrition
  • Pacing and planning
  • Evaluating treatments & decision making
  • Partnering with your health care team
  • Fitness for exercise and fun!
  • Feedback and problem-solving
  • Medication usage
  • Getting quality sleep
  • Fatigue management
  • Dealing with difficult emotions
  • Stress and depression management
  • Communicating effectively with friends, family, and your medical team
  • And more!

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Healthy Living with Diabetes

 

Healthy Living with Diabetes is a diabetes self-management workshop. This program is designed to help participants live a healthier life.

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What is Healthy Living with Diabetes?

Healthy Living with Diabetes (HLWD) is a high-level evidence-based workshop for people who have diabetes.  Developed at Stanford University, the Healthy Living with Diabetes workshop meets for 2-1/2 hours once a week for six weeks. This community-based program is very interactive, where mutual support and success build participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health condition and maintain active and fulfilling lives.  It is facilitated by two trained leaders in a small group setting, and most of the learning comes from sharing and helping others in the workshop with similar challenges.  Healthy Living with Diabetes does not replace existing treatments, but serves to complement a participant’s current medical treatment plan.

People who have taken the workshop show:

  • Better overall heath and increased confidence in managing their diabetes
  • Improvements in blood sugar levels and A1C
  • Decrease in health distress and hypo- and hyperglycemia
  • Minimize the adverse effects of diabetes
  • Fewer doctor and emergency room visits and fewer hospitalizations

Who can take Healthy Living with Diabetes?

Workshops are best for anyone who has, or lives with someone who has diabetes (Type 2, Pre, or Type 1) and does not have dementia.


How long is the program?

Healthy Living with Diabetes is taught to a small group (up to 15 older adults) by two trained leaders.  Classes are 2 1/2/ hours, once a week, for 6 consecutive weeks.


Topics Discussed:

  • What is diabetes?
  • Short-term goal setting
  • Monitoring blood sugars
  • Healthy eating and nutrition: food label reading and meal planning
  • Relaxation Techniques
  • Planning for the future
  • Partnering with a health provider
  • Fitness for exercise and fun!
  • Feedback and problem-solving
  • Preventing high and low blood sugars
  • Preventing or delaying complications
  • Stress and depression management
  • Communicating effectively with friends, family, and your medical team

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Powerful Tools for Caregivers

 

Are you caring for a spouse or older family member?  Do you sometimes find yourself overwhelmed?  Are you unsure how to manage caregiving responsibilities and still tend to your own needs?  Powerful Tools for Caregivers is for you!

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What is Powerful Tools for Caregivers?

Powerful Tools for Caregivers © (PTC) 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 and is based on the Living Well with Chronic Conditions program created by Dr. Kate Lorig and colleagues at Stanford University. Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an evidence-based curriculum which means it has been studied and found to have significant positive results for people who take the workshop. Powerful Tools for Caregivers 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.

Caregivers who take Powerful Tools for Caregivers Experience:

  • Greater self-efficacy (confidence in one’s ability to accomplish something a se
  • Better emotional well-being
  • Increased use of self-care behaviors
  • Increased awareness and use of community resources

Who can take Powerful Tools for Caregivers?

Are you caring for a spouse or older family member?  Do you sometimes find yourself overwhelmed?  Are you unsure how to manage caregiving responsibilities and still tend to your own needs?  Powerful Tools for Caregivers is for you.  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.


How long is the program?

Classes are taught to a small group (up to 15 older adults) by two trained leaders.  Classes are 90 minutes each, once a week, for 6 consecutive weeks.


Topics Discussed:

  • Taking care of YOU
  • Reducing personal stress
  • Communicating feelings, needs, and concerns
  • Communicating effectively with others
  • Learning from our emotions
  • Mastering caregiving decisions

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Stepping On

 

A fall could change everything.  One in four people age 65 or older has a fall every year.  You don’t have to be one of them.

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What is Stepping On?

A fall could change everything.  One in four people age 65 and older has a fall each year.  You don’t have to be one of them.  Stepping On is an evidence-based program designed to help you avoid a dangerous and costly fall so you can keep doing the things you love to do.  You’ll learn to identify and remove or avoid fall hazards in your home and outside, how vision, hearing medication, and footwear affect your risk of falling, strength and balance exercises you can adapt at your individual level, and to get back on your feet  the right way if you do fall.  Trained leaders couch you to recognize your risk of falling and help you build the balance, strength, and practical skills you need to avoid a fall.


Who can take Stepping On?

Anyone age 65 or older who has fallen in the past year, adults fearful of falling, adults living in their own home or apartment, and adults who are cognitively intact.


How long is the program?

The program is offered in a two-hour sessions, once a week, for seven consecutive 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.


Topics Discussed:

  • 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 fall hazards in your own home

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Walk with Ease

 

If you’re looking for relief from arthritis pain or just want to be active, the Walk with Ease program can teach you how to safely make physical activity part of your everyday life.

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What is Walk with Ease?

Whether you need relief from arthritis pain or just want to be active, Walk With Ease can teach you how to safely make physical activity part of your everyday life. The program is designed to help people living with arthritis better manage their pain. It’s also ideal for people without arthritis who want to make walking a regular habit. Led by a certified leader, you’ll get the support and tools you need to help set and reach your goals. 


Who can take Walk with Ease?

Anyone living with arthritis that’s looking to better manage their pain, but it’s also ideal for people without arthritis who want to make walking a regular habit. 


How long is the program?

Participants meet for 1 hour, 3 times a week, for 6 weeks and are guided by a certified leader who provides information, support, and the tools needed to help participants set and reach their goals.


Based on research and tested programs in exercise science, behavior change and arthritis management, Walk With Ease is shown to:

  • Reduce the pain and discomfort of arthritis
  • Increase balance, strength and walking pace
  • Build your confidence to be physically active
  • Improve overall health

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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.

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