Our region now has two places to find out about
upcoming health promotion classes and enroll in a program.
Our regional partnership called WellConnect continues to be a hub for all the latest on class dates, making referrals, learning more and registering for a class. Go to www.wellconnectsemn.org to find out about the latest class offerings in SE MN. Click here to read the Well Connect Newsletter
You can also peruse our statewide system called Juniper to find out about classes happening in our region, find upcoming leader trainings and see what is being offered statewide. Go www.yourjuniper.org to learn more.
Evidence-based health promotion programs are proven to have positive outcomes through pre- and post- testing, standardized practices, methods and curriculums. There are a number of educational programs that are being promoted in Minnesota that help change people’s lives for the better. Check out the current offerings near you.
Living Well with Chronic Conditions (CDSMP)
Take charge of your life and live fully! Led by a certified trainer, the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program is a motivational, interactive educational model. Over six-weeks, participants learn to better manage and cope with their chronic disease such as diabetes, osteoarthritis, or arthritis.
Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program
Eating healthy, exercising, and understanding normal aging is the focus of the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program. Arthritis Foundation Certified exercise leaders and other professionals lead fitness sessions designed to improve or maintain strength and flexibility, and, educate participants on health and nutrition topics. Most sites either are in senior housing units or coordinate with senior dining locations. View the 2017 Arthritis Foundation Program Sites
See what the classes are about here:
Matter of Balance (MOB)
Matter of Balance (MOB) is a researched and evidence-based program, designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase the activity levels of older adults. MOB classes are held for 8 sessions, two-hours each. During these classes participants learn to view falls and fears of falling as controllable, learn to set realistic goals for increasing activity, learn to change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and promote exercise to increase strength and balance. This is taught through group discussion, problem-solving, skill building, assertiveness training, exercise training, videotapes, and sharing practical solutions.
Tai Chi: Moving For Better Balance
Tai Chi: Moving For Better Balance helps older adults improve their balance and reduce the likelihood of falling. Research has shown that people who complete the program are half as likely to fall and are less fearful of falling. The program is intended for community dwelling older adults, age 60 and older, who can walk easily with or without assistive devices (cane, walker, etc.). Participants will learn balance skills, good body alignment and coordinated Tai Chi movements. Participants should attend two one-hour classes each week and practice on their own between classes. Participants typically have improved physical health that leads to better functioning in daily activities, improved balance, muscle strength, flexibility and mobility, and better mental health such as increased self-esteem and more social interaction.
Stay Active and Independent for Life (SAIL)
Stay Active and Independent for Life (SAIL) is an evidence-based intervention for prevention of falls. The exercise program includes aerobics, strengthening, and balance components. The SAIL Program includes a fitness class designed specifically for older adults, as well as educational materials and self-assessments. The class meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:00-11:00am at ExercisAbilities – 5335 East Frontage Rd NW, Suite C, Rochester, MN. To register call ExercisAbilities at 507-259-7570.
Living well with Diabetes/Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP)
This program is designed for people with type 2 diabetes and how to live well. Topics include: techniques to deal with the symptoms of diabetes, fatigue, pain, hyper/hypoglycemia, stress, depression, anger, fear and frustration; appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength and endurance; healthy eating, appropriate use of medication; and working with health care providers. Learn more at http://patienteducation.stanford.edu/programs/diabeteseng.html.
Fit & Strong!
Fit & Strong! is a 12-week physical activity and self-management program that meets 2x per week for 90 minutes per session. The first hour is comprised of exercise incorporating stretching and flexibility, low-impact aerobics, strength training, and balance exercises, followed by health education and group problem solving for behavior change. Participants learn about the benefits of physical activity, how to manage arthritis, how to exercise safely, and how to develop and maintain a healthier, more active lifestyle. View the 2017 Fit & Strong! Program Sites
Powerful Tools for Caregivers®
This is a well received, six-week education program geared for caregivers assisting loved ones. Many class participants report that they have fewer feelings of anger, guild and depression as well as an increased confidence in coping with the demands of caregiving. There are several trained leaders in the region who lead the sessions.
ABCD’s of Medicare
If you are turning 65 or going on Medicare, here is an opportunity for you to get the information you need. This class covers the parts of Medicare- hospital, medical and drug options; including original/traditional Medicare, Medicare supplements, Medicare advantage plans, Part D prescription drug coverage and preventative benefits. Also included is information about Medicare savings programs, drug assistance, preventing fraud, waste and abuse, and other resources to help you make informed decisions.
Classes on the first Tuesday of the month, starting January 5, 2016 – 4:30 to 6:30pm at SE MN Area Agency on Aging. Classes are Free. Call 507-288-6944 to reserve a spot.
Options to Live Well at Home
Is long-term care on your mind for a loved one or for yourself? Learn about your options in advance to help you make informed choices. This class includes information on screening for risk factors, a discussion on how to reduce your risk and information on services that are available in the community to help stay at home. Information about skilled nursing home placement, assisted living placement, home care and public program funding for these options is discussed.
Paying for Long Term Care
Have you wondered about how to pay for the care if you cannot do it alone anymore? Senior LinkAge Line® staff can help you understand things such as long term care insurance, partnership policies, public programs like Elderly Waiver and Alternative Care. Other options to help you stay at home is included.
Fraud and Abuse
$1 out of every $10 spent on federal health programs is wasted. Learn how you can protect yourself from unscrupulous health care offers; detect fraudulent practices and billing of Medicare and report to the local Senior Medicare Patrol – SMP – which in MN is the Senior LinkAge Line®. This is a short program empowering seniors to prevent healthcare fraud.
Use your skills in a role that’s fun, engaging and helps people live well with health challenges.
Juniper is looking for volunteers and professionals to be class leaders to educate, motivate and inspire.
- A Matter of Balance July 15, 2019 – Click for more information
- Living Well with Diabetes September 5, 6, 12 & 13, 2019 – Click for more information.
If you are interested in scheduling a class for your community, please contact us.