Great at Any Age

The Tri-County Office on Aging provides a number of Evidence-based Programs and workshops to meet the needs of older adults, their families and caregivers. All programs come with fully trained staff and all materials needed for any workshops.

Diabetes PATH

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D-PATH workshops are typically 2 ½ hours long and last 6 weeks. Participants learn basic information about diabetes, management of blood sugars, healthy eating, label reading and practice menu planning. It also addresses effects of stress and positive ways to deal with it, how to choose appropriate exercise for fitness and safety, proper skin and foot care and skills for communicating with health professionals. Participants develop action plans and participate in problem solving activities each week. Studies show significant improvements in symptoms of hypoglycemia, healthy eating patterns and reading food labels, communicating with physicians, depression, patient activation and self-efficacy, as well as, fewer emergency room visits.

A workshop series is will be offered on Mondays, beginning Monday, September 11, 2017 through Monday, October 16, 2017.

Where: McLaren Orthopedic Hospital, classrooms D and E downstairs, 2727 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Lansing

When: 9:00-11:30 am

How to register: Call TCOA at 517-887-1465

Free to register and attend. Free will donations are accepted at the last session. Suggested donation $25. 

The next workshop series is will be offered on Tuesdays, beginning Tuesday, September 12, 2017 through Tuesday, October 17, 2017.

Where: Mason Community Center, room 1, 800 E. Columbia, Mason

When: 2:00-4:30 pm

How to register: Call Deanna at 517-244-8953

Free of charge courtesy of Sparrow Care Network.  

The next workshop series is will be offered on Fridays, beginning Friday, September 22, 2017 through Friday, October 27, 2017.

Where: Elizabeth’s Place, 1518 Washington Ave., Lansing

When: 1:30-4:00 pm

How to register: Call Chad or Deb at 517-316-2569

Free to register and attend. Free will donations are accepted at the last session. Suggested donation $25. 

Watch here for information on future workshop dates and locations.

 

Chronic Pain PATH

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Chronic Pain Personal Action Toward Health (Chronic Pain PATH) is Michigan’s name for the Stanford Chronic Pain Self-Management Program (CPSMP). Chronic Pain PATH is a six-week workshop conducted in 2 ½ hour sessions in community settings. The program was developed and rigorously tested by Stanford University to help people learn the techniques and strategies they need for the day-to-day management of pain.

Research studies found that, on average, people who have participated in the program have more energy, less pain, less dependence on others, improved mental health, are more involved in everyday activities, and are more satisfied with their lives compared to those who have not taken the program. Chronic Pain PATH is designed to benefit adults who have primary or secondary pain. Pain is defined as being chronic or long term when it lasts for longer than 3 to 6 months or beyond the normal healing time of an injury.

Please read this General information Chronic Pain PATH flier for more information about this new class offering.

The next workshop series will be held on Mondays, starting Monday, October 9, 2017 through Monday, November 13, 2017. (Note this session was originally scheduled to start in July.)

Funding for this workshop is provided by Independence Village of Grand Ledge.

Where: Independence Village of Grand Ledge, 4775 Village Dr., Grand Ledge. (Meet in the Main Activity Room the first week.)

When: 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

How to register: Call TCOA at 517-887-1465

 

Another workshop series will be held on Tuesdays, starting Tuesday, October 10, 2017 through Tuesday, November 14, 2017.

Funding for this workshop is provided by the Michigan State Medical Society Foundation.

 

 

Where: Suntree Apartment Complex, 1100 Sunview Dr. in St Johns. (Meet in the Community Room.)

When: 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

How to register: Call TCOA at 517-887-1465

 

Watch here for information on future workshop dates and locations.

Matter of Balance

Matter of Balance

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Matter of Balance is an award-winning evidence-based program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. Workshop sessions are 2 hours long and last 8 weeks. Participants learn to identify and recognize beliefs about falls and fitness, identify barriers to exercise and its importance to preventing falls, identify potential home and community fall hazards and strategies to reduce the risk of falling and learn about community resources. Matter of Balance participation is associated with cost savings in unplanned hospitalizations, skilled nursing facility care, and an increased use of physician office visits.

A current workshop series is being held on Wednesdays, starting Wednesday, August 2, 2017 through Wednesday,September 20, 2017.

Funding for this workshop is provided by the Mason Area Community Fund.

Where: Jefferson Square Apartments, 500 Jefferson St. Mason

When: 2:00–4:00 pm

How to register: Call TCOA at 517-887-1465

 

A fall workshop series will be held on Thursdays, starting Thursday, September 7, 2017 through Thursday, October 26, 2017.

Where: Meridian Senior Center (located on the east wing of Chippewa Middle School), 4000 Okemos Rd. Okemos

When: 9:30-11:30 am

How to register: Call TCOA at 517-887-1465

Free to register and attend. Free will donations are accepted at the last session. Suggested donation $25. 

Watch here for information on future workshop dates and locations.

Creating Confident Caregivers®

Creating Confident Caregivers® provides persons caring for an individual with dementia at home with information, skills and attitudes to manage stress and learn effective care giving skills.Two-hour sessions, led by dementia-care specialists, are held once each week for six weeks. Creating Confident Caregivers® utilizes tested and effective training methods from the University of Minnesota’s Savvy Caregiver Program.

Participants report an increase in well-being, decrease in symptoms of depression, increased self-care, and more confident in their abilities to manage the situation.

Respite Care for your loved one with memory loss may be available so you may attend the classes. Ask for details when you register.

Please click here for an informational flyer.

A new weekly class session begins on Tuesday October 3, 2017 through Tuesday, November 7, 2017.

When: 2:00 -4:00 pm

Where: Sparrow Health Center, Lansing

To register, or for more information on the Creating Confident Caregiver® program, please call Linda Davis at 517- 887-1447.

Additional Evidence-based Programs

Advanced Care Planning

Advanced Care Planning discussion can be done in a group setting to consumers by trained facilitators in the Gundersen Healthcare model of Respecting Choices.

 

Facilitator Training in Advanced Care Planning

The Respecting Choices First Steps Facilitator course is designed for professionals (social workers, nurses, clergy, and other healthcare professionals) who assist patients with advance care planning. Learn how to conduct advance care planning conversations with adults, healthcare agents, and loved ones; and assist in the completion of advance care planning documents.

Please click here for an informational flyer.

 

Medical Nutrition Therapy 

Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) with a Registered Dietitian (RD) is individualized and tailored to what you want to learn about diabetes. MNT includes an in-depth nutrition assessment and discussion on topics including but not limited to:
– Carbohydrate counting
– Portion control
– Label reading
– Other topics identified by you or your physician

Those individuals with Medicare as their primary insurance (no Advantage plans) AND a diagnosis of Diabetes may be eligible.

Please contact Christine Histed at 517-887-1450 for more information or click here for an informational flyer.