Aging is not a disease process but we become more vulnerable to disease as we age. Many diseases and chronic conditions that affect older adults are the result of life-style and environment. Health Promotion and Disease Prevention programs can effectively address these issues and maintain or improve the health and overall wellness of older adults. Exercise, nutrition and medication management are key components of health promotion and disease prevention. In addition, health screenings, such as vision and hearing tests, blood pressure and glucose checks contribute significantly to overall well being.
Throughout the year, experts and clinical advisors from many different fields present workshops and educational sessions on a wide range of topics, including nutrition and diet, diabetes nutrition, food borne illnesses, medication management, healthy kitchens, home safety and home fire safety, dermatology, hearing and vision, proper lifting, using assistive devices, and many more.
Both senior centers offer a variety of exercise classes, including aerobics, yoga, tai chi, arthritis exercise, and have exercise rooms equipped with treadmills, exercise bicycles, weights and other equipment. Each center also has individual fitness consultants who provide orientation and work with clients to establish and maintain productive exercise regimens.
The Council on Aging also provides information and referrals for a variety of issues and concerns, and can assist families in planning for the care of older family members.