Classes and Evidence-Based Health, Wellness, and Caregiver Programs

Tri-County Office on Aging offers six evidence based programs to meet the needs of older adults, their families, and caregivers.

The programs offered are: Diabetes PATH, Chronic Pain PATH, A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls, Powerful Tools for Caregivers, The Savvy Caregiver Program, and Walk with Ease.

All of the programs:

Upcoming workshops are listed below

Diabetes PATH (Personal Action Toward Health)

Diabetes PATH is Michigan’s name for the Stanford Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP). Workshop participants learn about diabetes, how to manage blood sugars, what healthy eating means, how to read labels, and practice menu planning. The workshop also addresses effects of stress and positive ways to deal with it, how to choose appropriate exercise for fitness and safety, how to prevent or delta complications, proper skin and foot care, skills for communicating with health professionals, and much more! Participants set their own goals by developing weekly action plans.

The program was developed and rigorously tested by Stanford University. 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. 

Wednesdays, May 8 - June 12, 2024

1:00–3:30pm (Lansing)

Union Missionary Baptist Church
500 S. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Lansing, MI 48915

Meet in Room 514

Free to attend but donations are accepted

To register, call TCOA at 517-887-1465 or email [email protected]

Chronic Pain PATH (Personal Action Toward Health)

Chronic Pain PATH is Michigan’s name for the Stanford Chronic Pain Self-Management Program (CPSMP). Workshop participants learn how to manage chronic pain without increasing medications. Topics include pacing and planning, the mind-body connection, distraction techniques, communication, healthy eating, stress management, and much more! Participants set their own goals by developing weekly action plans.

The program was developed and rigorously tested by Stanford University. Research studies found that, on average, participants 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.

TCOA is a member of the Capital Area Health Alliance and partnered with them in the development of a brochure on Pain Management.

Mondays, June 24 - July 29, 2024

1:00–3:30pm (Charlotte)

New Hope Community Church
436 W. Harris Street
Charlotte, MI 48813

Meet in the Fellowship Hall

Free to attend but donations are accepted

To register, call TCOA at 517-887-1465 or email [email protected]
A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls

A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls

A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls is an award-winning evidence-based program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels in older adults. Participants learn to identify and recognize beliefs about falls, identify barriers to exercise and its importance to preventing falls, identify potential home and community fall hazards, strategies to reduce the risk of falling and learn about community resources. During this program and Physical Therapist will discuss relevant fall prevention information and answer participant specific questions during a 1-hour presentation.

Matter of Balance participants report improvement in viewing falls and fear of falling as controllable. In addition, participants learn to set realistic goals for increasing activity, learn to change their environment to reduce fall risk factors and to increase exercise to improve strength and balance.

Mondays & Thursdays, April 22 - May 16, 2024

9:30–11:30am (Charlotte)

AL!VE 
800 W. Lawrence Avenue
Charlotte, MI 48813

Meet in the SEEK Room

Free to attend but donations are accepted

To register, call TCOA at 517-887-1465 or email [email protected]

Tuesdays & Thursdays, May 7 - May 30, 2024

9:30–11:30 am (St. Johns)

Sparrow Clinton Hospital 
805 S. Oakland Street
St. Johns, MI 48879

Meet in Conference Room A on the 3rd Floor

Free to attend but donations are accepted

To register, call TCOA at 517-887-1465 or email [email protected]

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational program designed to help family caregivers take better care of themselves while caring for a family member or friend.  This program will give YOU, the caregiver, tools to help you reduce stress, communicate effectively with others, take care of yourself, reduce difficult emotions (like guilt, anger, and depression), help you relax, make tough decisions, set goals, problem solve and so much more!

This program is not intended for professional caregivers.

This program was developed in Portland, OR and has been shown to improve self-care behaviors, improve emotional management (reduced guilt, anger, and depression), improve self-efficacy (increased confidence in coping with caregiving demands), and increase the use of community resources.

Tuesdays, May 7 - June 11, 2024

1:00–3:30pm (Dewitt)

Dewitt District Library 
13101 Schavey Road
Dewitt, MI 48820

Meet in the Annex Room

Free to attend but donations are accepted

To register, call TCOA at 517-887-1465 or email [email protected]

Wednesdays, July 17 - August 21, 2024

1:00–3:30pm (Lansing)

Delta 39’ers Enrichment Center
4538 Elizabeth Road
Lansing, MI 48917

Meet in Room 302

Free to attend but donations are accepted

To register, call TCOA at 517-887-1465 or email [email protected]

Savvy Caregiver Program

Savvy Caregiver Program is recognized nationally as a leading evidence-based dementia family caregiver training program.

Savvy Caregiver Program is designed to provide the most relevant dementia knowledge, skills, and mastery to support family members as they provide care for their relative or friend living with dementia. The Savvy Caregiver Program has been proven to decrease family caregiver distress, burden, and depression, while increasing the caregivers’ sense of competence and confidence in their care role.

To quality to attend this program, the person with dementia cannot live in a 24/7 care facility such as assisted living or long term care. The person with dementia must live in the community.

This program is not intended for professional caregivers.

In research conducted by the University of Minnesota, The Savvy Caregiver Program has been proven to decrease family caregiver distress, burden, and depression, while increasing caregivers’ sense of competence and confidence in their care role.

To Be Determined

If you're interested in attending, contact TCOA at the phone number or email address below to be placed on a waiting list.

 

Free to attend but donations are accepted

To register, call TCOA at 517-887-1465 or email [email protected]
Arthritis Foundation

Walk with Ease

The Arthritis Foundation Walk with Ease Program is an exercise program that can reduce pain and improve overall health. If you can be on your feet for 10 minutes without increased pain, you can have success with Walk with Ease! The program includes walking, stretching and strengthening exercises, health information, and motivation!

Participants agree to walk at least 10 minutes, 3 times per week for 6 weeks. Participants can increase their walking time as able. Stretching and strengthening exercises are also incorporated into the program.

In research conducted by the Arthritis Foundation, the program helped participants reduce the pain and discomfort of arthritis, increase balance, strength and walking pace, build confidence in your ability to be physically active and improve overall health.

There are TWO ways to participate:

  • Self-Directed
    • Allows you to follow the 6-week program on your own. Start and end the program on dates that work for you. No weekly check ins are required. This version of the program is available anytime. Register when you are ready to start the 6-week program and TCOA will mail you the program materials and you will complete the program on your own. TCOA will follow up with you after 6 weeks to ensure you have completed the program.
  • Self-Directed Enhanced
    • Facilitator led. Start and end the 6-week program with a group of participants and program facilitator. Weekly check ins and communication with the program facilitator is required. You will primarily walk on your own, however, optional facilitator led weekly group walks are offered to provide an opportunity for socialization, education and motivation. After you register, TCOA will mail you the program materials and you will follow the program.

Regardless of the way you choose to participant, you agree to walk at least 10 minutes, 3 times per week for 6 weeks, and increase walking time as able.

Walk with Ease is not available online.

Self Directed (6 Weeks)

Available anytime

Free to register but donations are accepted

To register, call TCOA at 517-887-1465 or email [email protected]

Self-Directed Enhanced
Tuesdays, June 11 - July 23, 2024

10:00 - 11:00 am (Lansing)

Ivan Woods Senior Apartments
5303 Ivan Street
Lansing, MI 48917

We will not meet on 7/9/24.

Free to attend but donations are accepted

To register, call TCOA at 517-887-1465 or email [email protected]

Other Classes Available

Dementia Caregiving Series

The Dementia Caregiving Series is a 3-session series for those caring for a person with dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease. It can help with reducing caregiving stress by providing useful tools and information specific to dementia.

This series is open to any individual caring for someone with dementia. The person with dementia can live with you, in a nursing facility, or across the county. This series is also open to professional caregivers.

If you are interested in attending The Savvy Caregiver Program but you don’t qualify because the person with dementia lives in a 24/7 care facility (i.e. assisted living or long term care facility), the Dementia Caregiving Series is right for you!

Thursdays, May 9 - May 23, 2024

12:30–2:00pm (St. Johns)

St. Johns Lutheran Church (Arts Room)
511 E. Sturgis
St. Johns, MI 48879

Free to attend but donations are accepted

To register, call TCOA at 517-887-1465 or email [email protected]

Mondays, June 3 - June 17, 2024

1:00 - 2:30 pm (Stockbridge)

Stockbridge Area Senior Center
219 W. Elm Street
Stockbridge, MI 49285

Free to attend but donations are accepted

To register, call TCOA at 517-887-1465 or email [email protected]

Thursday, June 6, 2024 (one time presentation)

1:00 - 2:30 pm (Charlotte)

Eaton Area Senior Center
804 S. Cochran Rd.
Charlotte, MI 48813

Free to attend but donations are accepted

To register, call TCOA at 517-887-1465 or email [email protected]

Thursdays, August 1 - August 15, 2024

10:15–11:45am (Lansing)

Alfreda Schmidt Community Center
5825 Wise Road
Lansing, MI 48911

Free to attend but donations are accepted

To register, call TCOA at 517-887-1465 or email [email protected]
GetSetUp

GetSetUp

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has partnered with GetSetUp to provide hundreds of live online classes to keep older adults mentally, physically and socially active. Classes are interactive, easy to join, offered day and night and free to our community. Topics range from exercise, to cooking, to financial wellness and so much more!

Additional Evidenced Based Programs

Cancer PATH, Enhance Fitness, Arthritis Foundation Online Exercise Class, Silver Sneakers Stability Online Exercise Class

PATH: Personal Action Toward Health

PATH (Personal Action Toward Health) is an interactive workshop designed to help individuals with any chronic condition improve their health and feel better. You will benefit from this workshop whether you have arthritis, high blood pressure, kidney disease or anything in-between.

Cancer PATH: Thriving and Surviving

Cancer PATH (Personal Action Toward Health) is an interactive workshop designed to help individuals with any kind of cancer improve their health and feel better. Whether newly diagnosed, in active treatment, or living beyond It, this program helps survivors cope with the concerns, thoughts, and health conditions that accompany having a cancer diagnosis.

Enhance®Fitness

Enhance®Fitness

Enhance®Fitness, a low-cost, evidence-based group exercise program, helps older adults at all levels of fitness become more active, energized, and empowered to sustain independent lives. Class schedule and potential cost varies. Call hosting organizations for details.

Schmidt Community Center

5825 Wise Rd.
Lansing, MI 48911

Eaton Rapids Senior Center

201 Grant St.
Eaton Rapids, MI 48827

Foster Community Center

200 N. Foster
Lansing, MI 48912

Mt. Hope United Methodist Church

501 E. Mount Hope
Lansing, MI 48910

Oak Park YMCA

900 Long Blvd.
Lansing, Mi 48911

Sam Corey Senior Center

2108 Cedar St.
Holt, MI 48842

Westside Community YMCA

3700 Old Lansing Rd.
Lansing, MI 48917

Sycamore Village

900 West Columbia Rd.
Mason, MI 48854

Union Missionary Baptist Church

500 S. Martin Luther King Blvd.
Lansing, MI 48915

Williamston Area Senior Center

201 School St.
Williamston, MI 48895
Arthritis Foundation

Arthritis Foundation Exercise Classes via Zoom

The Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is a low-impact physical activity program proven to reduce pain and decrease stiffness. The routines include gentle range-of-motion exercises that are suitable for every fitness level. Weights, balls and TheraBand’s are used in this class. Once registered, you may attend on a drop-in basis whenever it is convenient for you via Zoom.

Fridays (Online via Zoom)

11:00am

Free to register (but donations are accepted)

How to Register

Contact Abbie Mars via email at [email protected]

Silver Sneakers

Silver Sneakers Stability via Zoom

Silver Sneakers Stability is a home workout using Zoom designed to help you become stronger and improve balance. The movements taught in class focus on specific exercises to improve strength and power around the ankle, knee, and hip joints, while improving your reaction time. This class is designed for fall prevention and is suitable for nearly every fitness level. It can be adapted depending on the skill of individual participants. A chair may be used for balance and support.

Class is offered twice a week. Once registered, you may attend on a drop-in basis whenever it is convenient for you.

Mondays (Online via Zoom)

10:00–11:00am

Silver Sneakers members are free of charge; others will be asked to pay $3.00 per class.

How to Register

Contact Abbie Mars via email at [email protected]

Tuesdays (Online via Zoom)

2:00–3:00pm

Silver Sneakers members are free of charge; others will be asked to pay $3.00 per class.

How to Register

Contact Abbie Mars via email at [email protected]

Workshops made available in whole or part with funding from the Federal Older Americans Act and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services/Bureau of Aging, Community Living, and Supports through the Tri-County Office on Aging.