Health & Wellness Programs
Click here for listing of virtual Health and Wellness workshops
As of July 2020, Council on Aging is excited to now offer all Healthy U evidence-based wellness programs virtually. This will greatly improve older adults’ access to these FREE workshops.
We offer seniors an opportunity to participate in online or telephone workshops. During the COVID-19 pandemic when social distancing and staying at home are strongly encouraged, virtual workshops provide an opportunity for social engagement. Learn how to self-manage a chronic condition – all with the opportunity to make friends along the way! COA offers the following programs:
- Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP) (online and telephone)
- Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) (online and telephone)
- Chronic Pain Self-Management Program (CPSMP) (online and telephone)
- Matter of Balance (only offered in-person and temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic)
In our FREE online or phone workshops, you will learn tips for:
- Healthy eating
- How to deal with frustration, fatigue and isolation
- Exercise for maintaining and improving strength and flexibility
- Improving communication with family, friends and doctors
- Making informed treatment decisions
- Appropriate use of medications
- Disease-related problem solving
- Setting goals, and more!
Before you register for a workshop, here are some things to consider:
1. Which workshop option is best for me: online or telephone?
All online workshops meet once per week for seven (7) weeks. All participants will be mailed their workbooks and handouts. The length of the workshop and design of the activities vary depending on whether you participate online or by telephone.
To Participate Online
You must have an e-mail address and a smart device. The first workshop meeting is called "session zero." Session zero is scheduled for 30 minutes and is intended to make sure all participants can access the online meeting while using their cameras and microphones. COA will have staff available to assist you with logging on.
Workshops meet weekly for 2 1/2 hour sessions starting the second week through the seventh week. Our workshops are interactive and we want to see and hear you, so please make sure your smart device has video and audio capabilty. You are welcome to use a smart phone to participate, but please make sure your phone is stable throughout the workshop to minimize any movement in your video (which can be distracting!)
To Participate by Telephone
You will be responsible for reading the material and completing assignments independently during the week and participating in a one-hour small group telephone call to discuss major points of the lessons.
The phone workshops are limited to eight (8) participants. Those who are registered will participate in a one hour-long phone call each week with three (3) other participants.
2. How does Host Site Sponsorship work?
Every workshop we offer has a Host Site Sponsor. Prior to the pandemic, our health education programs were only available in-person and our community partners (also known as Host Sites) would host/sponsor a workshop at their facility and market the workshop to their members and neighbors that lived near them. Host sites can still sponsor virtual workshops and anyone in our 5-county region interested in participating may register. If you select a workshop sponsored by a familiar host site, there is a chance you may know other participants in the workshop - and maybe meet a new friend. Host sites play an important role by marketing our Healthy U programs to members. We compensate our host sites based on the number of people who complete the workshop, so help us show our appreciation to host sites by selecting a workshop that best fits your schedule. Please know, you are welcome to register for any workshop with any Host Site Sponsor while space is available.
Listing of virtual workshops - including workshop dates and times
We are now offering Healthy U evidence-based health education programs virtually. We offer programs through telephone workshops and online workshops. This includes Diabetes Self-Management, Chronic Disease Self-Management and Chronic Pain Self-Management programs. Online workshops meet weekly for seven (7) consecutive weeks and telephone workshops meet weekly for six (6) consecutive weeks. Once the registration period is over, we will mail telephone participants a phone number to call to participate in telephone workshops. We will send online participants an e-mail with a link to use to participate in an online workshop. If you know someone who wants to participate by telephone and does not have online access, have them call Brittaney Burton at 513-345-8637, to register for the telephone workshop.
Calendar of virtual workshops with registration link. Must have email to register online, if you don't have an email please call Brittaney Burton at 513-345-8637.
|Host Site Sponsor
||Date & Time
||Last Day to Register
||Link to Register
Evanston Community Council
Employment Resource Center
|A Matter of Balance
Aug. 10 - Oct. 5
||Click to Register
Aug. 25 - Sept. 29
2:00 - 3:00 pm
|VA Medical Center
||A Matter of Balance *OPEN TO VETERANS AND THEIR SPOUSES
Aug. 24 - Oct. 19
||Click to Register
Opportunities for Veterans
Veterans are welcome and encouraged to register for any of the workshops offered by COA. The VA Medical Center also offers these programs. If you are a veteran and are interested in participating in a workshop offered by the VA Medical Center, please call (513) 861-3100 x4881.
Matter of Balance
A Matter of Balance is an award-winning group program that emphasizes practical strategies to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels. Participants meet in small groups in community settings once a week for eight (8) weeks, where they learn to view falls as controllable, set realistic goals, change their environment to reduce risk factors, and exercise to increase strength and balance.
Interested in sponsoring a workshop?
COA administers our evidence-based health education programs through a community model. Our host sites currently include health care organizations, YMCAs, faith-based organizations, senior centers and senior housing buildings. Host sites have an opportunity to sponsor a workshop and advertise, recruit and market the workshop to their members. COA will provide opportunities for other seniors in our 5-county region to register for a sponsored workshop. Any community site interested in partnering with COA to sponsor a workshop should email Judy Eschmann or call her at (513) 519-8890. Additional information about the responsibilities of a host site can be found in the Host Site Agreement.