Older Adult Services Division

Healthy Living Programs

Healthy Living Programs are evidence based educational programs funded through the Area Agency on Aging.  Prevention and early intervention for coping with chronic medical issues can significantly improve quality of life, independence, and prevent life threatening falls.

Essential program components and activities:

  • Group discussion
  • Problem-solving and realistic solutions
  • Skill building
  • Assertiveness training
  • How to talk to medical teams
  • Building family/friend/support relationships
  • Empowerment: turning fear into control and self-determination

A Matter of Balance (Falls Prevention)

MOB LogoA Matter of Balance (MOB) acknowledges the risk of falling but emphasizes practical coping strategies to reduce this fear. Individuals can sign up and attend free of charge.

This program is implemented by a certified Master Trainer.
Class goals are:

  • Promoting a view of falls and fear of falling as controllable
  • How to fall well! What to do if you fall
  • Setting realistic goals for increasing activity
  • Changing the environment to reduce fall risk factors
  • Promoting activity to increase strength and balance
  • Eight classes focused on patient centered care

Who should participate?

  • Individuals over the age of 60
  • Worried about falling
  • Motivated to stay active and prevent falls

Registration is required, space is limited; attendance and materials are free to attendees. For more information on fall prevention classes, call 269-373-5021 or email.

Personal Action Toward Health (PATH)

PATH LogoEmpowering older adults to live beyond chronic medical conditions and regain quality of life! Individuals and caregivers can sign up and attend free of charge.

This program is implemented by a certified Master Trainer.
Class goals are:

  • Participating in healthcare
  • Tools to make realistic changes in everyday life
  • Regain control of personal wellbeing despite chronic health conditions
  • Connecting to others experiencing similar issues
  • Enhancing relationships with family, friends, and caregivers
  • Six classes focused on patient centered care

Who should participate?

  • Adults 60 years and older, and their caregivers facing challenges of living with chronic diseases.
  • Friends, family members, and caregivers are welcome!
  • Upcoming classes can be found on our Facebook page.

Registration is required, space is limited; attendance and materials are free to attendees.  For more information on classes, call 269-373-5021 or email.

Creating Confident Caregivers (CCC)

CCC LogoThis evidence based program utilizes tested and effective training methods from the University of Minnesota’s Savvy Caregiver Program.

This program is facilitated by a certified Master Trainer in six week program periods.

Class goals are:

  • Up-to-date education on dementia
  • Validation on barriers and challenges of caregiving
  • Connecting with other caregivers
  • Skills for managing caregiver stress
  • Caregiver resources to manage dementia related behaviors
  • Skills for self-care while caring for others

Who should participate?

  • Individuals caring for a loved one with dementia in a home setting

Free respite care:

Care for your loved one can be provided to allow you to attend classes. Ask for more information upon registration.

Registration is required, space is limited; attendance and materials are free to attendees.  For more information on this class, call 269-373-5141 or email.

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311 E. Alcott St.
Kalamazoo, MI 49001

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