The ADRC provides access to many evidence prevention programs through partnerships with local hospitals, clinics, senior centers and fitness centers. The evidence based prevention programs reduce emergency room visits, hospitalizations and overall health care costs. Click on the links below or contact any of our offices for a listing of evidence based programs in your area. Stopping into your local ADRC office to have a conversation with an Information and Assistance Specialist will provide options on the program that best meets the needs and desires of you or your loved one.
Evidence Based Wellness and Prevention Classes
- Stepping On – Safe and positive learning experience to reduce falls.(Crawford, Sauk, Richland)
- Living Well – Living Well is an evidence-based workshop for people who have one or more chronic conditions. (Crawford)
- Better Bones & Balance Program – Gradually improve your balance and strength to reduce bone loss and falls.
- Walk With Ease – Provides tools to develop a safe exercise routine unique for you.
- Eat Better & Move Better – Learn how you can live a longer, healthier life.
- AARP Senior Driving – Refine your existing driving skills to avoid accidents and traffic violations. (Crawford)
- Powerful Tools for Caregivers – Offers unique tools to improve the quality of life in both the caregiver and their loved one. (Crawford, Sauk, Richland)
- Alzheimer’s Support Groups – Find support in your care giving journey or learn about memory screening. (Crawford, Richland)
- Tai Chi Classes– Tai Chi Fundamentals is considered an evidence-based fall prevention course which improves balance and stability. (Richland)
- PALS - or Physical Activity for Lifelong Success - is a program specifically designed for older adults who either don't exercise or haven't exercised in a long while. Gathering with your peers and going at your own pace, PALS has been researched and proven to improve walking speed and distance in participants. (Crawford)
- Strong Bodies - Strong Bodies will catalyze positive change in people of all ages to live stronger, healthier lives by providing knowledge, inspiration, access to programs, and ongoing support. Strong Bodies envisions a worldwide community of fit, strong, and healthy individuals; in turn, these empowered individuals will become positive agents of change for their families, communities, and beyond. (Richland)
Dementia Care Programs
- Memory Cafés/Support Groups – A social gathering for individuals with early stage dementia, Alzheimer’s, or memory loss and their family and friends. Support Groups – A gathering of family, friends, and neighbors who are caring for a person with chronic illness or disability-such as dementia-to learn creative problem-solving techniques, share tips, ask questions, and find out about resources available.
- Dementia Live® - experience gives participants an idea of what it is like to have dementia. This is done by altering their senses and providing them with tasks to do in a controlled setting. In just 15 minutes participants gain greater awareness and understanding of the daily struggles affecting persons with dementia.
- Powerful Tools for Caregivers - gives you the skills to take care of yourself while caring for someone else. By taking care of your own health and well-being, you become a better caregiver. Six class sessions held once a week are led by experienced class leaders.
- Boost Your Brain and Memory- is an 8-week, multi-faceted, whole person program offering a unique approach to brain fitness. Program participants learn practices to help them live a healthier lifestyle, remember things better, be more organized, pay closer attention, and regulate their emotions. The flexibility of the program makes it useful to anyone! This is an instructor led program. Each of eight sessions includes a video segment and follow-up exercises with memory tips, key concepts, and more. The instructor’s guide offers step-by-step instructions for leading discussions and ensures participants learn key points for improving brain health and memory. Additional participant workbook activities also allow the instructor to engage participants in brain healthy behaviors and goal-setting.