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 the family caregiver.
See below for program descriptions, future workshop dates and times, and how to get involved and register!
Click here to go to the Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging (WIHA) website to see a list of all the workshops in Wisconsin.
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 fall 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-consumer.
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 Healthy 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 exercise 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 toolbox 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.
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? Is 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 powerfultoolsforcaregivers.org.
Healthy Living with Diabetes is a six-week workshop for adults of all ages who have type 2 diabetes, pre-diabetes, or who live with someone with diabetes. Individuals with type 1 diabetes are welcome to attend as well. Led by trained leaders, some of whom have diabetes themselves, the program focuses on helping you feel better, have more control, and do the things you want to do.
Tens of thousands of people nationwide have learned the Healthy Living with Diabetes approach to their diabetes. This group lowered their blood sugar, made fewer trips to the emergency department, and were less likely to end up in the hospital because of diabetes—even just a year later.
Healthy Living with Diabetes helps you build confidence in your ability to manage your condition. You’ll get information and advice for:
- Healthy eating and nutrition: food label reading and meal planning
- Relaxation Techniques
- Partnering with your health care provider
- Short-term goal setting
- Fitness for exercise and fun
- Feedback and problem solving
- Stress and depression management
- Communicate effectively with friends, family, and your medical team
This workshop does not replace your diabetes treatment plan; It teaches you the best ways to work with your doctor and your family and helps you set your own goals for managing your condition and controlling your life.
For more information about the Healthy Living with Diabetes Program, you can visit the Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging website.
Contact the ADRC if you are interested in attending a workshop.