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Health and Wellness EBIs

Health and Wellness

The Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area (AAACAP) Health and Wellness Program provides older adults with the tools to maintain and manage their health, to live as independently as possible. All Health and Wellness programs are Evidence Based Interventions (EBI) that have been proven effective to help older adults to improve and/or maintain their physical, mental and emotional health, reduce their risk of falling, and better manage their chronic diseases.

Each program conducted by AAACAP has earned the highest-level criteria for evidence-based disease prevention and health promotion programs from the U.S. Administration for Community Living.

AAACAP provides health and wellness programs and training, at no cost to people who are 60 years old or older or who care for someone at least 60 years old. Following the links gives more information about each program.

> Fall prevention
> Caregiver stress management
> Chronic disease self-management

Schedule a Health and Wellness Program or Become a Coach

CAPCOG, as AAACAP, also offers training for those who want to teach these courses throughout the region. As a volunteer coach, residents can help seniors and caregivers in their own community live better lives.

> See upcoming coach training courses.
> Don't see a coach training course? Contact Jessica Martone, health & wellness coordinator, to bring a coach training to your community.

Health and Wellness Programs are scheduled throughout the year in CAPCOG's entire 10-county region, but AAACAP always wants to meet any demand of the communities in the region. AAACAP welcomes any request to schedule a Health and Wellness program.

> Contact Jessica Martone, health & wellness coordinator, to schedule a Health and Wellness Program.
> Find an already scheduled Health and Wellness courses.

Fall Prevention

A Matter of Balance: Managing concerns about falls

A Matter of Balance is designed to help older adults reduce their risk and fear of falling, through practical strategies and to maintain active, healthy lifestyles. The program is a structured group intervention which uses a variety of activities to address physical, social, and cognitive factors affecting fear of falling and to learn fall prevention strategies.

Activities included in this A Matter of Balance are group discussions, problem-solving, skill building, assertiveness training, videos, sharing practical solutions and exercise training. During the program, participants learn to view falls and the fear of falling as controllable, set realistic goals for increasing activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, promote exercise to increase strength and balance. A Matter of Balance falls prevention course comprises of eight, two-hour sessions. The program is led by volunteer coaches who complete an eight-hour training program.

> Learn about A Matter of Balance from its developer, The Roybal Center for Enhancement of Late-Life Function at Boston University.

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Caregiver stress management

Stress-Busting for Family Caregivers

The Stress-Busting for Family Caregivers program is designed to improve the quality of life and to help caregivers manage the difficulties of caring for older adults and those with disabilities. Stress-Busting is a multi-component program focused on education, support, problem-solving, and stress management. It takes a holistic approach addressing the emotional, physical, spiritual, and cognitive needs of the caregivers.

Participants in this program are educated on topics of stress and relaxation; grief, loss, and depression; and positive thinking. They are taught how to cope with stress, deal with challenging behaviors, take time for themselves, and chose a path of wellness. Participants also learn about several different stress management techniques and are provided with many resources including a handbook covering class material, a meditation CD, and a relaxation strategies DVD. Stress-Busting consists of once-a-week, 90-minute sessions for nine weeks. The program is conducted in a small group setting with two trained group facilitators.

AAACAP conducts two Stress-Busting programs. One program focuses on caregivers assisting those with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia, and the other program is tailored for caregivers who provide for people with chronic conditions.

> Discover more about Stress-Busting from its developers UT Health Science Center.

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Disease Management

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program Better Choices, Better Health

The Better Choices, Better Health – Chronic Disease Self-Management Program helps older adults manage the symptoms of chronic diseases including Type 2 Diabetes. This program teaches the skills needed in the day-to-day management of treatment and to maintain and/or increase one’s activities.

Participants learn techniques to deal with problems, appropriate exercise and appropriate use of medications. They also are taught how to communicate effectively, how to manage their nutrition, and how to make decisions and evaluate new treatments. Classes are held once a week for 2 ½ hours for six weeks and are administered by trained lay leader, many of whom also have chronic conditions, that received 32 hours of instruction.

Better Choices, Better Health is taught for those with a board array of long-term diseases, but there is also a course that focuses on self-management of Type 2 Diabetes.

> Get additional details about Better Choices, Better Health from its developers Stanford University’s School of Medicine.

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