If you are age 60 years and older you may participate in the Health & Wellness programs available at local senior centers and other community locations. Some community programs are offered to you at age 55 and older.
Staying well, understanding health issues, and remaining active are very important. You are welcomed to join us for any or all of our activities!
- Evidence-based programs that are proven to reduce the risk of falls. These programs are offered through the Building Better Balance: Falls Prevention Programs Initiative and Falls Prevention Tai Chi Programs for Seniors. Classes offered include Tai Chi for Older Adults, Tai Chi for Arthritis and Tai Chi for Beginners.
- Living Healthy. This is a program focused on teaching participants how to become confident in their ability to manage health issues while maintaining active and fulfilling lives. The program teaches participants how to manage chronic conditions such as arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, glaucoma, emphysema, and asthma. There are various opportunities to practice and master self-management techniques that will positively affect each participant's quality of life. Participants meet once a week for six weeks. The sessions will cover:
• techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation;
• appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance;
• appropriate use of medications;
• communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals;
• nutrition; and,
• how to evaluate new treatments.
The program does not conflict with existing programs or treatment; it is designed to enhance regular treatment. Living Healthy is brought to you by the Rural Health Network, Broome County Office for Aging, New York State Office for the Aging, and the Administration on Aging.
- Health screenings offered at senior centers include screenings for skin cancer, breast cancer, stroke, hearing and vision.
- Health forums are presented by doctors, nurses and other health care professionals on a variety of topics at area senior centers.
- Physical activity classes at senior centers include: line dancing, chair exercise, yoga, Zumba and classes to help prevent the problems of osteoporosis. There are additional exercise classes offered for a variety of physical activity levels.
- Specialty programs are offered at a variety of locations and include indoor walking programs, stress management sessions, Senior Games, pickleball and flu clinics.
- Virtual Senior Center Program provides free access to online activities and classes that help participants to stay engaged and connect with others while learning new skills or staying active. This program is available for free to Broome County residents age 60+. A variety of classes about history, arts and crafts, computer training and exercise are offered each month. Several chat groups are available almost daily to help older adults connect with others.