Health Promotion and Community Workshops
Studies show that one of the keys to quality and longevity of life is healthy living. Encouraging overall wellness (for example: stress management, exercise, and proper nutrition) is the key to promoting good health. Preventing chronic health problems and managing the health problems that do occur is another powerful way to protect your health. While we all know we need to be healthy, it is not always easy to change our unhealthy habits. Finding and participating in health education programs can assist you in making the changes you want to make.
GWAAR's Health Promotion team works closely with the Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging to promote and administer evidence-based prevention programs to help older people stay healthy, active, and independent. While there are a wide variety of programs available to help older people maintain or improve their health, some of the specific programs we work with include the following.
Living Well with Chronic Conditions is a workshop for individuals who have one or more chronic conditions. A chronic condition is a long-term health problem or condition that one must learn to live with as it usually lasts for the rest of one’s life. The Living Well workshop helps you learn how to manage your symptoms so you can get the most out of life. The workshop meets for 2½ hours, once per week, for six weeks. It is facilitated by two trained leaders in a workshop style, but most of the learning comes from sharing and helping others with similar challenges.
Stepping On is a program designed to help older adults reduce the risk of falls, improve self-management, and increase quality of life. The workshop is offered once a week for seven weeks in communities throughout the state. Participants gain specific knowledge and skills to prevent falls in community settings. People who are: (a) at risk of falling, (b) have a fear of falling, or (c) who have fallen one or more times, attend together. Workshops are facilitated by trained leaders and provide a safe and positive learning experience.
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