WELLNESS & PREVENTION
Boost Your Brain and Memory
Learn to practice the most promising strategies for keeping your brain healthy as you age.
Please note: Our Wellness & Prevention Specialist is no longer responsible for this program. The responsibility has transitioned to the Regional Dementia Care Specialists. If interested, please reach out the the Regional Southwest Wisconsin ADRC Office at 800-514-0066.
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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.
- Physical Activity
- Emotional Health
- Intellectual Health
- 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
- Memory Strategy
- Goal Setting & Recap
PLEASE NOTE: As of 1/1/2022, the responsibility of this program has moved to the Regional Dementia Care Specialist. If there is any interest in partaking in this program, please reach out the the ADRC and ask for Bonnie Beam-Straz.
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.
- 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
Mind Over Matter: Healthy Bowels, Healthy Bladder
Bladder or bowel leakage is a common problem for many women – especially as we get older. But there are solutions you can try – without medication or surgery – to help you avoid or control these symptoms.
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What is Mind Over Matter?
Mind Over Matter: Healthy Bowels, Healthy Bladder (MOM), is a researched and proven program designed to give women the tools they need to take control of bladder and bowel leakage. Join a MOM workshop and learn strategies for preventing or lessening symptoms including information-sharing, group activities, simple exercises, and dietary changes. With practices, these new skills are proven to help you avoid or reduce leakage so you can keep doing the things that matter most to you.
Who can take Mind Over Matter?
- Are aged 50 or older
- Live independently in a home or apartment
- Have experienced bladder/bowel issues OR are interested in preventing them
- Can attend all three scheduled sessions
Mom is not appropriate for women with acute illnesses (cold or flu), severe hearing/vision loss, or dementia. To get the full benefit of MOM, you should be able to make changes to how you eat and drink, change the timing of your fluid intake and bathroom breaks, and do low-impact exercises in a seated position. If you cannot make these changes, MOM is not appropriate for you. If you are experiencing pain in your lower abdomen or pelvis or see blood in your urine or stool, you should talk to your health care provider about your symptoms before signing up for MOM.
What are some details regarding the program? How long is the program?
- Short and sweet: 3 sessions, each lasting 2 hours, every other week for one month
- Comfortable: Limit of 8-12 women fosters trust and privacy
- Community-based: Led by a trained female facilitator
- Interactive: Engages women to work together to set and meet personalized goals
- Fun: Incorporates social interaction, tasteful humor, and fiber-filled snacks
- Effective: Improves bladder symptoms for 71% of participants and bowel symptoms for 55%!
Participants learn strategies for preventing or improving incontinence including:
- Understanding how our bladder, bowels, and pelvic floor muscles work together
- Building confidence to set and achieve reasonable goals
- Learning to do low-impact pelvic floor muscle exercises (Kegels)
- Adjusting fluid intake and fiber intake to improve bladder and bowel function
- Group problem-solving and coping with setbacks
- Seeking care from health professionals for solutions and specialists if symptoms continue
- Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging: Mind Over Matter
- Video: University of Wisconsin Madison: School of Medicine and Public Health: M.O.M.
- U.S. Department on Health and Human Services: Facts About Bladder Incontinence
- U.S. Department on Health and Human Services: Fact About Bowel Incontinence
Powerful Tools for Caregivers
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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)
- 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.
- Taking care of YOU
- Reducing personal stress
- Communicating feelings, needs, and concerns
- Communicating effectively with others
- Learning from our emotions
- Mastering caregiving decisions
PLEASE NOTE: This program is only being offered online, via Zoom. If you are interested in this workshop, please reach out to the ADRC and let us know, as we only offer this workshop sparingly throughout the year. Currently, there are two workshops scheduled for 2022.
Sip and Swipe
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What is Sip and Swipe?
Sip and Swipe Café can get older adults connected online, using the simplest tool available—a tablet of any kind. Offered through the ADRC, the Sip and Swipe Café uses a simple, intuitive learning app from Generations on Line (GoL). With step –by-step instructions on every page, the GoL app guides users with little or no online experience through the basic of swiping, searching, and using a tablet device. Next, they are led onto the internet, set up with an email account, and shown how to download and use apps, and guide them through use of popular websites. A coach guides the learner, but much of the learning is self-paced.
Who can take Sip and Swipe?
Anyone aged 55+ are eligible to participate in Sip and Swipe.
Do I need my own tablet?
No, you do not need your own tablet. The program is funded through a grant. The ADRC was given four android tablets used for Sip and Swipe learners. If you do have a tablet or iPad, we encourage you to bring and learn from that.
How long does the program last?
Four 1-hour sessions. Some learners need all four sessions; some only need the first session. Whichever level you’re at, this is a class to learn new skills. When the Generations on Line app is completed, learners may use the remaining time asking questions outside of the program regarding technology. Technology is constantly changing, so it’s good to come with questions!
- Basic Skills such as:
- Turning tablet on and off
- Adjusting volume
- Zooming in and out of the screen
- Touching the screen
- Connecting to the internet
- Downloading an app
- Setting up an email
- Sending an email
- Taking pictures/videos
- How to use social media and communication outlets such as; Facebook, YouTube, Skype, etc.
- AND MORE…
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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.
- 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
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Publications and Resources
- Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging: Stepping On
Walk with Ease
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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. Organized by a certified instructor, you’ll get the support and tools you need to help set and reach your goals. This program is self-directed.
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?
This program is self-directed. Participants walk for at least 10-40+ minutes, 3 times a week, for 6 weeks and are encouraged to use the participant book (Provided by the ADRC) to learn new information, support, and possible other 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
PLEASE NOTE: This is a self-directed program. We will NOT be meeting in person. The ADRC will provide you with everything you need.