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.

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Diabetes PATH

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D-PATH workshops are 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.

The next workshop series begins Tuesday, April 18, 2017 and runs through Tuesday, May 23, 2017.

Where: Grange Acres Senior Housing Community Room, 6101 Marsh Rd., Haslett, MI

When: 1:00-3:30pm

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


Matter of Balance

Matter of Balance

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Matter of Balance workshops 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.

The next workshop series begins Friday, February 24, 2017 and runs through Friday, April 14, 2017.

Where: Grace Haven Assisted Living, 1507 Glastonburg Dr., St Johns

When: 10:00 am-12:00 pm

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

Another series begins Thursday, March 9, 2017 and runs through Thursday, April 27, 2017.

Where: Sparrow Health Center, 2909 E. Grand River Ave., Lansing

When: 10:00 am-12:00 pm

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

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.

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The next program begins Thursday, March 2, 2017 and runs through Thursday, April 6, 2017.

Where: AL!VE, located at 800 W. Lawrence Ave. in Charlotte, MI

When: 2:00 pm-4:00 pm

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.