Through the support of Elder Source and the Department of Elder Affairs, Northeast Florida AHEC provides a variety of educational programs for seniors.
A Matter of Balance
A Matter of Balance – Managing Concerns About Falls is an evidence-based interactive fall prevention and exercise program from the University of Boston. The purpose of the program is to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels of older adults who have concerns about falls. Participants receive practical coping and falls risk management strategies, and exercises to increase balance and strength. This two-hour program meets twice a week for four weeks or once a week for eight weeks. Requirements: 8-12 participants
Active Living Every Day
Active Living Every Day is an evidence based behavior program from the Cooper Institute in Dallas, Texas. It addresses the root causes of inactivity rather than simply prescribing exercise. Participants of this interactive program learn the skills they need to become and stay physically active. These skills include identifying and addressing barriers to physical activity, increasing self-confidence about becoming physically active, creating realistic goals and rewards for physical activity, developing social support, and recovering from lapses in physical activity. The one-hour classes meet once a week for 12 weeks. Requirements: 7-20 participants.
Arthritis Foundation Exercise
Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is a fun-filled, evidence-based course that uses gentle joint-safe exercises developed specifically for people with arthritis to help relieve stiffness, decrease arthritis pain, and improve balance. Developed by experts and led by Arthritis Foundation-certified instructors, the low-impact exercises can be adapted for various fitness levels and performed either seated or standing. The one-hour classes meet twice a week for eight weeks. Requirements: 10-25 participants.
Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP)
Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP) is an evidenced-based Stanford University Program. Participants in this interactive program learn techniques to manage their blood sugar, prevent or reduce disease related complications such as foot and vision problems, discover better nutrition and exercise choices, set goals, problem solve, and communicate effectively with family and health care providers. The 2 ½ hour classes meet once a week for six weeks. Requirements: 10-16 participants.
Healthy Eating Every Day
Healthy Eating Every Day is an evidence-based program from the Cooper Institute in Dallas, Texas. Participants of this interactive program learn how to select the right balance of foods for optimal health, develop and maintain healthy eating habits, use lifestyle management skills to cope with triggers for unhealthy eating, set realistic goals, and rewards. One-hour classes meet once a week for 14 weeks. Requirements: 7-20 participants.
Living Healthy – Chronic Disease Self-ManagementProgram(CDSMP) is an evidence-based Stanford University Program. Participants in this interactive program learn techniques to manage their chronic conditions, communicate effectively with family and health care providers, manage pain and fatigue, set goals, problem solve, and discover better nutrition and exercise choices. The 2 ½ hour classes meet once a week for 6 weeks. Requirements: 10-16 participants.
SAIL Staying Active and Independent for Life
SAIL Staying Active and Independent for LifeA physical activity program that reduces fall risk factors by increasing strength and improving balance. The class meets for an hour, three times a week for 12 weeks. Each class includes warm-up, aerobics, balance activities, strengthening and stretching exercises done seated or standing, and educational components. Periodic Fitness Checks assess general mobility, arm strength, and leg strength. Requirements: 15- 20 participants and armless chairs for each participant.
Tai Chi for Arthritis
Tai Chi for Arthritis is an evidence-based program from the Arthritis Foundation designed by experts to create a safe, easy to learn, and effective form of Tai Chi for people with Arthritis. The program incorporates exercises that improve muscular strength, flexibility, and fitness. The program includes mind and body integration, fluid movements, and controlled breathing. It also focuses on weight transference, which improves balance and prevents falls. Based on the Sun style of Tai Chi, the movements the hour classes meet twice a week for 8 weeks. Requirements: 15-20 participants.
Chronic Pain Self-Management Program (CPSMP)
Chronic Pain Self-Management Program (CPSMP)An evidence-based program from the Self-Management Resource Center. Participants in this interactive program learn tools to help manage their chronic pain, communicate effectively with family, friends, and health professionals; set goals, problem solve, action plan, evaluate new treatments, appropriate use of medications, and discover better nutrition. They also learn techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, isolation, and poor sleep; pacing activity and rest, and appropriate exercises to safely improve flexibility and increase circulation. Mutual support and success build the participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives. The 2 ½ hour classes meet once a week for six weeks. Requirements: 10-16 participants.