Evidence-Based Programs are interventions based on evidence that is generated by scientific studies published in peer-reviewed journals. Our Healthy Living Programs have proven positive results for participants, are evidence based, and provide individuals with the opportunity to take more control of their health- improving their quality of life. These self-management programs will not conflict with existing programs or medical treatments; they are designed to enhance regular treatment. We have trained certified staff conducting workshops throughout the year within our service area in Senior Centers, Senior Housing, Churches, Libraries, Hospitals and other places where groups of aging individuals gather. Please contact Elder Services of Worcester Area if you are interested in participating or hosting workshops in your community, 508-756-1545.
My Life, My Health – Chronic Disease Self Management
A series of 2 1/2 hour workshops taking place once a week for 6 consecutive weeks. The program was developed to benefit individuals with ongoing health problems or those caring for people with chronic conditions. This is an ideal learning experience for anyone who has a diagnosis that impacts their physical or emotional health; this could include congestive heart failure, arthritis, emphysema, macular degeneration, obesity, mental health issues, high blood pressure or a host of other illnesses. Participants find ways to deal with pain and fatigue; understand nutrition and exercise options; communicate more effectively with health care professionals and become a stronger advocate for themselves. Focus weekly is on goal setting and action plans accomplished in a supportive environment. (Also taught in Spanish as “Mi vida, mi salud, – Tomando control de su salud”)
Diabetes Self Management
Stanford University School of Medicine designed this program to follow the general format of the Chronic Disease Self Management Program with a primary focus on diabetes. The program meets the content standards of both the American Diabetes Association and the American Association of Diabetes Educators. Individuals may be newly diagnosed with Adult Onset Diabetes or have been struggling with the condition since their youth. Participants become more aware of how they deal with the disease not only impacts their health but also has an effect on their life and those who care for them. This program enhances traditional medical care provided by a primary care physician and the initial teaching from a Diabetes Educator.
A Matter of Balance
This is an 8 week course designed to address the fears/concerns adults have about falling and to promote increased activity within that population. This is not a lecture series but rather an interactive experience utilizing various teaching tools such as group discussions, videos, problem solving strategies and exercise routines. Participants are first provided with the necessary knowledge about fall prevention and then coached to gain confidence they can make positive changes in their life if they so choose. Successful outcomes include both emotional and physical improvements within each individuals’ life.
Powerful Tools for Caregivers
Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a 6 week educational program designed to help take care of you while you are caring for a relative, friend or loved one. Whether you are helping a parent, spouse, friend or someone lives at home, in a nursing home or across the country, this program will provide the tools you need to: reduce stress and relax; communicate effectively with other family members, doctors, or paid help; reduce guilt, anger and depression; make tough decisions; and set goals/problem solve.
For most family caregivers, caregiving itself is a new role, one for which training is needed, just as you would receive training for any new job. The Savvy Caregiver Program helps caregivers better understand the changes their loved ones are experiencing, and how to best provide individualized care for their loved ones throughout the progression of Alzheimer’s or dementia.
Healthy Eating for Successful Living
This 6 week program was specifically designed for older adults who want to learn more about nutrition and how small changes in eating habits can promote better health. Participants learn to decipher food labels, plan healthy and appealing menus, and make better informed choices at the grocery store. Peer leaders help to create a supportive environment where participants focus on goal setting, problem solving, self assessment and management of dietary patterns.
An anonymous voluntary donation may be requested for programs; some programs may have a small fee for materials.
Printable Healthy Living Workshops Brochure
For More information about Healthy Living Programs across the state of Massachusetts please visit the Healthy Living Center of Excellence Website.
Workshops made possible thanks to support from the U.S. Administration for Community Living in collaboration with the MA Executive Office of Elder Affairs, the MA Department of Public Health and the Healthy Living Center of Excellence.