Classes and Evidence Based Wellness and Caregiver Programs

Click here to download a printable brochure that includes information on the programs listed below

Tri-County Office on Aging offers five 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 and The Savvy Caregiver Program (formerly known as Creating Confident Caregivers ® in the tri-county area). All programs have trained facilitators and come with the materials needed to participate. Scheduled workshops are listed below.

For in person workshops, do not attend if you have COVID or have COVID symptoms.

 

 

Diabetes PATH (Personal Action Toward Health)

The American Diabetes Association identifies this program as meeting the Diabetes Support Initiative criteria for support programming.

Click here for a testimonial video. 

Diabetes PATH is Michigan’s name for the Stanford Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP). The workshop meets in small groups (approximately 8-15 participants) and is led by 2 trained facilitators. The workshop meets for 2 1/2 hours once per week for 6 weeks in community locations. 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, proper skin and foot care and skills for communicating with health professionals. Participants set goals by developing action plans and participate in problem solving each week.

The program was developed and originally tested by Stanford University to help participants learn the techniques and strategies they need for the day-to-day management of pain. 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.

City

Location Day of the week Start date End date Time  How to register

Cost

 

Virtual via Zoom

The comfort of your own home Mondays 1/23/23 2/27/23 5:30 – 8:00 pm Call TCOA at 517-887-1465 or email histedc@tcoa.org Free of charge by donations are accepted
St. Johns  

Sparrow Clinton Hospital

 

805 S. Oakland St.

 

Meet in the White Conference Room

 

Tuesdays

 

4/11/23

 

5/16/23

 

1:30 – 4:00 pm

Call TCOA at 517-887-1465 Free of charge by donations are accepted

Volunteer Opportunity: Make a difference and become a Diabetes PATH leader!

We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to lead the Diabetes PATH workshop in Clinton, Eaton and Ingham Counties! Training is provided and is scheduled for March 2023 (click the link for more information).

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Chronic Pain PATH (Personal Action Toward Health)

Click here for a testimonial letter from a workshop graduate.

Chronic Pain PATH is Michigan’s name for the Stanford Chronic Pain Self-Management Program (CPSMP). The workshop meets in small groups (approximately 8-15 participants) and is led by 2 trained facilitators. The workshop meets for 2 1/2 hours once per week for 6 weeks in community locations. 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 goals by developing action plans and participate in problem solving each week.

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.

TCOA is a member of the Capital  Area Health Alliance and recently partnered with them in the development of a new brochure on Pain Management. Click here to view the brochure.

City Location Day of the week Start date End date Time How to register

Cost

Lansing Alfreda Schmidt Community Center

 

5825 Wise Rd.

 

Meet in the Senior Center

Wednesdays 3/1/23 4/5/23 2:30 – 5:00 pm Call TCOA at 517-887-1465 Free of charge by donations are accepted
Lansing (west side) Ivan Woods Senior Apartments

 

5303 Ivan St.

 

Meet in the Community Room

Thursdays 3/2/23 4/6/23 9:00 – 11:30 am Call TCOA at 517-887-1465 Free of charge by donations are accepted

 

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.

City Location Day of the week Start date End date Time  How to register Cost
Virtual using Zoom The comfort of your own home Wednesdays 1/25/23 3/1/23 12:30 – 3:00  pm Call Region 2 AAA at 517-592-1974 Free of charge but donations are accepted

 

 

 

Matter of Balance A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls

Click here for a testimonial video. 

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. The workshop meets in small groups (approximately 8-12 participants) and is led by 2 trained facilitators. The workshop meets for 2 hours per session for 8 sessions in community locations. 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.

City Location Day of the week Start date End date Time How to register Cost
Virtual via Zoom The comfort of your own home Tuesdays and Thursdays 1/12/23 2/9/23 10:00 am – 12 noon Call TCOA at 517-887-1465 or email histedc@tcoa.org Free of charge but donations are accepted
Mason Origami Rehabilitation (Main)

 

3181 Sandhill Rd.

 

Meet in the Classroom

Thursdays 3/2/23 4/20/23 10:00 am – 12 noon Call TCOA at 517-887-1465 Free of charge but donations are accepted
 

Charlotte

 

New Hope Community Church

 

436 West Harris St.

 

Meet in the Fellowship Hall

 

 

Tuesdays and Thursdays

4/4/23 4/27/23 9:30 – 11:30 am Call TCOA at 517-887-1465 Free of charge but donations are accepted
Stockbridge Stockbridge Activity Center

 

305 W. Elizabeth St.

 

Park in the lot at Cherry St. and W. Elm St. Go in Door 20 and meet in Room 108.

Tuesdays and Thursdays 4/4/23 4/27/23 10:00 am – 12 noon Call TCOA at 517-887-1465 Free of charge but donations are accepted

 

Funding provided by Stockbridge Area Wellness Coalition

 

 

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.  The workshop meets in small groups (approximately 8-14 participants) and is led by 2 trained facilitators. Powerful Tools for Caregivers meets for 2 ½ hours once per week for 6 weeks in community locations (or 90 minutes once per week for 6 weeks for virtual workshops). This program is not intended for professional caregivers. This program will give YOU, the caregiver, tools to: help you reduce stress, communicate effectively with other family members, your doctor, and paid help, take care of yourself, reduce guilt, anger, and depression, help you relax, make tough decisions, set goals and problem-solve.

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

City Location Day of the week Start date End date Time How to register Cost
Virtual via Zoom The comfort of your own home Wednesdays 1/18/23 2/22/23 2:00 – 3:30 pm Call TCOA at 517-887-1465 or email histedc@tcoa.org Free of charge but donations are accepted
Lansing (west side) Delta 39’ers Enrichment Center

 

4538 Elizabeth Rd.

 

Meet in Room 302

Mondays 2/27/23 4/3/23 1:00 – 3:30 pm Call TCOA at 517-887-1465 Free of charge but donations are accepted

 

 

Caregiving – Mac IncThe Savvy Caregiver Program

The Savvy Caregiver Program (formerly known as Creating Confident Caregivers® in the tri-county area) 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.

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.  

City Location Day of the week Start date End date Time How to register Cost
TBD

More information coming soon.

 

Area Agency on Aging Readies Aging Mastery Program in the New Year | Moody on the MarketAging Mastery Program

Aging Mastery is a 10-session webinar series that aims to help baby boomers and older adults take key steps to improve their well-being, add stability to their lives, and strengthen their ties to the community.

City Location Day of the week Start date End date Time How to register Cost
TBD

 

Enhance®Fitness locations

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.

Name of organization Address Phone number
Eaton Rapids Senior Center 201 Grant

Eaton Rapids, MI  48827

517-663-2335
Foster Community Center 200 N. Foster

Lansing, MI  48912

517-483-4233
Mt. Hope United Methodist Church 501 E. Mount Hope

Lansing, MI  48910

517-482-1549
Oak Park YMCA 900 Long Blvd.

Lansing, MI  48911

517-669-9622
Sam Corey Senior Center 2108 Cedar St.

Holt, MI  48842

517-694-1549
Suntree Apartments 1100 Sunview Dr.

St. Johns, MI  48879

517-827-9645
Sycamore Village 900 West Columbia Rd.

Mason, MI  48854

517-676-5575
Union Missionary Baptist Church 500 S. Martin Luther King Blvd.

Lansing, MI  48915

517-485-7705
University Lutheran Church 1040 S. Harrison Rd.

East Lansing, MI  48823

517-332-2559
Westside Community YMCA 3700 Old Lansing Rd.

Lansing, MI  48917

517-312-9622
Williamston Area Senior Center 201 School St.

Williamston, MI  48895

517-655-5173

 

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. See schedule below for class offerings. Once registered, you may attend on a drop-in basis whenever it is convenient for you via Zoom.

Tuesday 10:00 am, Wednesday 10:00 am, Thursday 10:00 am, Friday 11:00am

TO REGISTER contact Abbie Mars at marsa@valleyaaa.orgThis program is FREE of charge

 

 

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 10:00 – 11:00 am, Tuesdays 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Silver Sneakers members are free of charge; others will be asked to pay$3.00 per class. TO REGISTER contact Abbie Mars at marsa@valleyaaa.org