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Prevention Programs

 

We have teamed up with partners in the community, as well as the Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging, to provide three evidence based health and wellness programs--Stepping On, Living Well with Chronic Conditions and Powerful Tools for Caregivers. These programs are designed to help you live a healthier lifestyle, learn to manage stress, learn to stay strong to prevent life-changing falls and show caregivers ways to better balance their life with the added role of family caregiver. See below for detailed program descriptions, future workshop dates and times and how to get involved and register!

Along with these evidence based programs, the ADRC of NW WI has gone above and beyond to offer Tuesday Chats. These monthly educational opportunities are meant to provide vital information to you prior to when you NEED it, in hopes of helping you better prepare for events down the road, potentially preventing a crisis situation. Many crisis situations can be prevented and prepared for--let us help you do that!

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

Find a Workshop

Click here to go the Wisconsin Institute for Health Aging (WIHA) website to see a list of all the workshop (offered in partnership with WIHA) in Wisconsin. https://wihealthyaging.org/workshops

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Stepping On

Stepping On is a 7 week evidence based program that has been researched and proven to reduce falls in older people. This program meets once a week for two hours and is led by trained leaders. In addition, local guest experts provide information on exercise, vision, safety and medications. Topics include: simple and fun balance and strength training, the role vision plays in keeping your balance, how medications can contribute to falls, ways to keep from falling when out in your community, what to look for in safe footwear, and how to eliminate falls hazards from your home.

Each workshop session includes time to discuss challenges from the previous week, to learn and practice balance and strength exercises, to hear from a guest expert speaker and to discuss other areas of fall prevention. Each participant receives handouts covering topics presented in class and an exercise manual (including all the exercises covered in class) to use as a resource throughout the 7 weeks and to refer to after the workshop is complete.

Is this workshop for? Stepping On is designed specifically for anyone who:

  • Is 65 or older
  • has had a fall in the past year
  • is fearful of falling
  • Lives at home
  • Does not have dementia

Falls are the leading cause of injury and hospitalization for trauma and death among older adults. 35% of people who fall become less active and 40% of people who enter a nursing home had a fall in the prior 30 days. Falling is NOT a normal part of aging! Taking this workshop is a step in the right direction in an effort to prevent that one life changing fall. "(Stepping On) was a life changer for me," states a previous participant.

For more information about the Stepping On Program, you can visit the Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging website at https://wihealthyaging.org/stepping-on.

Workshop in Burnett County:

When: Mondays, September 11th-October 23, 1-3pm

Where: Lakeside Community Lutheran Church, 28626 Co Rd H, Webster, WI

Cost: $10/participant or $15/married couple

Registration: Contact the ADRC of NW WI for more information, to coordinate transportation and to register at 877-485-2372.

Next Workshop in Polk County:

Workshop in Progress.

Cost: $10/participant or $15/married couple

Registration: Contact the ADRC of NW WI for more information, to coordinate transportation and to register at 877-485-2372.

Click here to download the workshop flyer.

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Living Well with Chronic Conditions

Are you an adult with an ongoing health condition? If you have conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic pain, anxiety, the Living Well workshop can help you take charge of your life. This 6 week evidence based workshop is modeled after the Chronic Disease Self Management Program of Stanford University. This class also is supported and offered in partnership with the Wisconsin Institute for Health Aging.

Through the class, participants get the support they need from fellow participants, find practical ways to deal with pain and fatigue, discover better nutrition and exercises choices, understand new treatment choices, and learn to build a step by step plan to reach their goals. Each week participants learn new tools to put in their tool box and create action plans for the next week. These action plans are stepping stones to achieving their ultimate health and wellness goal. The small class of 14 helps create a supportive, open, and relaxed atmosphere.

"Taking this class was helpful to me. It helped me understand my health condition more and how to deal with it. It gave me different ways to look at my condition and ways to help manage it. I would recommend this class to other people," comments a previous participant.

For more information about the Living Well with Chronic Conditions Program, you can visit the Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging website at https://wihealthyaging.org/living-well.

To learn more about the Living Well with Chronic Conditions, hear from leaders and previous participants view the following video. Million Hearts in Wisconsin presented by MetaStar and featuring Living Well with Chronic Conditions-HD

Upcoming Workshop:

No scheduled workshops. Please call if interested and we will come to your area!

Cost: $10/participant

Registration: Contact the ADRC of NW WI to register, learn about respite care options or to coordinate transportation at 877-485-2372.

Click here to download the workshop flyer to print.

 

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Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a six week workshop for unpaid family caregivers. There are now two versions of this workshop one focused on family caregivers of older adults (the original Powerful Tools for Caregivers) and one for family caregivers of children (both minor and adult) with special needs (Powerful Tools for Caregivers of Children with Special Needs). Booth versions provide caregivers with the tools they need to better care for themselves during their caregiving journey. By taking care of their own physical, emotional and financial needs, the family caregiver becomes a better caregiver.

Are you helping a spouse, partner, parent or friend? Someone who lives at home or in a nursing facility? Someone close by or across the country? Do you have a child with special needs? It doesn't matter. This program will help you cope with the challenges that come with your added role of caregiver.

The workshop will give you tools to:

  • Reduce stress, guilt, anger and depression
  • Manage your time, set goals and solve problems
  • Master caregiver transitions
  • Make tough decisions
  • Communicate effectively with your care receiver, family members, doctors and paid helpers

For more information about the Powerful Tools for Caregivers Program, you can visit the Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging website at https://wihealthyaging.org/powerful-tools-for-caregivers or the Powerful Tools National Organization at www.powerfultoolsforcaregivers.org.

 

Upcoming Workshops:

No scheduled workshops. Please call if interested and we will come to your area!

Cost: $10/participant

Registration: Contact the ADRC of NW WI to register, learn about respite care options or to coordinate transportation at 877-485-2372.

Click here to download the workshop flyer.

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