Classes and Evidence Based

Health, Wellness, and Caregiver Programs

Click here for a printable brochure that includes information about the programs listed below

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:

  • Meet weekly for 6 or 8 weeks, depending on the program
  • Meet in small groups (between 8-12 participants)
  • Led by trained facilitators
  • Meet in community locations or online via Zoom
  • Free to attend but donations are accepted
  • Require pre-registration because space is limited
  • Tri-County Office on Aging provides the materials needed to participate

Upcoming workshops are listed below

 

 

Diabetes PATH (Personal Action Toward Health)

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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 delya 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. 

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City

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

Cost

Eaton Rapids Eaton Rapids Medical Center

 

1500 S. Main St.

 

Meet in the Main Conference Room (basement)

Tuesdays 3/19/24 4/23/24 9:00 – 11:30 am Call TCOA at 517-887-1465 or email [email protected] Free of charge but donations are accepted
Lansing Union Missionary Baptist Church

 

500 S. Martin Luther Ling, Jr. Blvd.

 

Meet in Room 514

Wednesdays 5/8/24 6/12/24 1:00 – 3:30 pm Call TCOA at 517-887-1465 or email [email protected] Free of charge but donations are accepted

Interested in attending Diabetes PATH online? Click here to see the online schedule.

 

 

 

 

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). 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.

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TCOA is a member of the Capital  Area Health Alliance and partnered with them in the development of a 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 (west side) Westside YMCA

 

3700 Old Lansing Rd.

 

Meet in the Conference Room

Thursdays 3/14/24 4/18/24 9:30 am – 12 noon Call TCOA at 517-887-1465 or email [email protected] Free of charge but donations are accepted
Charlotte New Hope Community Church

 

436 W. Harris St.

 

Meet in the Fellowship Hall

Mondays 6/24/24 7/29/24 1:00- 3:30 pm Call TCOA at 517-887-1465 or email [email protected] Free of charge but donations are accepted

 

Interested in attending Chronic Pain PATH online? Click here to see the online schedule

 

 

 

 

 

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

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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.

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City Location Day of the week Start date End date Time How to register Cost
Charlotte AL!VE

 

800 W. Lawrence Ave.

 

Meet in the SEEK Room

Mondays and Thursdays 4/22/24 5/16/24 9:30 – 11:30 am Call TCOA at 517-887-1465 or email [email protected] Free of charge but donations are accepted
St. Johns Sparrow Clinton Hospital

 

805 S. Oakland St.

 

Meet in Conference Room A (3rd floor)

Tuesdays and Thursdays 5/7/24 5/30/24 9:30 – 11:30 am Call TCOA at 517-887-1465 or email [email protected] Free of charge but donations are accepted

Interested in attending Matter of Balance online? Click here to see the online schedule

 

 

 

 

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.

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City Location Day of the week Start date End date Time How to register Cost
Charlotte AL!VE

 

800 W. Lawrence Ave.

 

Meet in the SEEK Room

Mondays 3/11/24 4/15/24 9:30 am – 12 noon Call TCOA at 517-887-1465 or email [email protected] Free of charge but donations are accepted
Dewitt Dewitt District Library

 

13101 Schavey Rd.

 

Meet in the Annex Room

Tuesdays 5/7/24 6/11/24 1:00 – 3:30 pm Call TCOA at 517-887-1465 or email [email protected] Free of charge but donations are accepted

Interested in attending Powerful Tools for Caregivers online? Click here to see the online schedule

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Savvy Caregiver Program

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

The 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.  

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City Location Day of the week Start date End date Time How to register Cost
Online via Zoom The comfort of your own home Thursdays 3/21/24 4/25/24 6:00 – 8:00 pm Call TCOA at 517-887-1465 or email [email protected] Free of charge but donations are accepted
Lansing (west side) Delta Township Library

 

5130 Davenport Dr.

 

Meet in the Michael D. Moore Boardroom

 Tuesdays 4/2/24  5/7/24  1:30 – 3:30 pm Call TCOA at 517-887-1465 or email [email protected] Free of charge but donations are accepted

See the dates above for the online workshop schedule

 

 

 

 

A Walk in the Park!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.

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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.

Version of Walk with Ease City Location Day of the week Start date End date Time How to register Cost
Self-Directed

 

Available anytime

Wherever you are!  

Your choice!

Your walking location could be your neighborhood, the mall, a walking track, your home, it’s up to you!

Flexible based on your schedule Start the 6-week program at any time End the program 6 weeks after you started Flexible based on your schedule Call TCOA at 517-887-1465 or email [email protected] Free of charge
Self-Directed Enhanced

 

Start and end the program on the dates listed to the right.

Lansing (west side) Ivan Woods Senior Apartments

 

5303 Ivan St.

Tuesdays 6/11/24 7/16/24 10:00 – 11:00 am Call TCOA at 517-887-1465 or email [email protected] Free of charge

Walk with Ease is not available online

 

 

 

 

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!

 

City Location Day of the week Start date End date Time How to register Cost
Dansville Dansville Free Methodist Church

 

1330 Mason St.

Wednesdays 5/1/24 5/15/24 6:00 – 8:00 pm Call TCOA at 517-887-1465 or email [email protected] Free of charge but donations are accepted
St. Johns St. Johns Lutheran Church

 

511 E. Sturgis

Meet in the Arts Room

Thursdays 5/9/24 5/23/24 12:30 – 2:00 pm Call TCOA at 517-887-1465 or email [email protected] Free of charge but donations are accepted

Interested in attending the Dementia Caregiving Series online? Click here to see the online schedule

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michigan Learning Channel

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!

Click here to browse a list of classes and to register!

 

 

 

Additional Evidenced Based Programs available are: Cancer PATH, Enhance Fitness, Arthritis Foundation online exercise class and Silver Sneakers Stability online exercise class

 

Programs | National Kidney Foundation of Michigan

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.

Click here to see the online schedule

 

 

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.

Click here to see the online schedule

 

 

 

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
Schmidt Community Center 5825 Wise Rd.

Lansing, MI  48911

517-483-6685
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
Westside Community YMCA 3700 Old Lansing Rd.

Lansing, MI  48917

517-312-9622
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
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.

Fridays 11:00am

TO REGISTER contact Abbie Mars at [email protected]. This 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 [email protected]