Health Promotion Workshops
The Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging operates in conjunction with Juniper, a statewide network delivering evidence-based programs. Community-based partners, healthcare providers, and local instructors deliver Juniper’s health improvement programs. The Juniper network ensures programs are delivered by established, qualified Service Delivery Organizations in trusted environments. The following workshops help adults manage chronic conditions, prevent falls, and foster wellbeing.
A Matter of Balance
A Matter of Balance emphasizes practical strategies to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels. Participants learn to view falls and fear of falling as controllable, set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and exercise to increase strength and balance.
Tai Ji Quan – Moving for Better Balance
This program helps older adults improve their balance and reduce the likelihood of falling. Participants learn balance skills, good body alignment, and coordinated Tai Ji movements. Although its origin can be traced to the contemporary simplified 24-form Tai Ji Quan routine, TJQMBB represents a significant paradigm shift in the application of Tai Ji Quan, moving the focus from its historical use as a martial art or recreational activity to propagating health by addressing common, but potentially debilitating, functional impairments/deficits.
Chronic Pain and Disease Management
An ever-increasing number of people are living longer with chronic pain and/or multiple chronic conditions. Research has proven that people with chronic conditions can learn skills to effectively manage their illness and improve health outcomes. We offer several evidence-based classes to improve functional abilities and deal more effectively with symptoms.
Living Well with Chronic Conditions (also known as Chronic Disease Self-Management Program)
This program is designed to help participants deal with chronic conditions. Topics include: techniques to deal with 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.
Living Well with Chronic Pain (also known as Chronic Pain Self-Management Program)
This class is designed for people who have a diagnosis of chronic pain, offering strategies for dealing with their symptoms. Topics include: techniques to deal with frustration, fatigue, isolation, and poor sleep, appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, appropriate use of medications, communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals, nutrition, pacing activity and rest, and how to evaluate new treatments.
Powerful Tools for Caregivers
Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a six week educational series designed to help unpaid family caregivers take care of themselves while caring for a relative or family friend. Participants also receive their own how-to-do-it book on caregiving! In the six weekly classes, caregivers develop a wealth of self-care tools to: reduce personal stress; change negative self-talk; communicate their needs to family members and healthcare or service providers; communicate more effectively in challenging situations; recognize the messages in their emotions, deal with difficult feelings; and make tough caregiving decisions.
Diabetes Prevention and Self-Management
While there is no cure for diabetes, knowledge about diabetes and self-management skills can improve the experience of symptoms and overall quality of life for those living with diabetes. Lifestyle changes can help reduce the likeliness of developing type 2 diabetes among people with pre-diabetes. Juniper offers evidence-based classes to address both of the above conditions.
Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP)
DPP is a collaborative, community-based, lifestyle change program designed for people with pre-diabetes. The topics include eating healthier, reducing stress, and getting more physical activity to become healthier.
Living Well with Diabetes (also known as Diabetes Self-Management Program)
Living Well with Diabetes is designed to help people with type 2 diabetes learn how to live well. Topics include: techniques to deal with the symptoms of diabetes, fatigue, pain, hyper/hypoglycemia, stress, depression, anger, fear and frustration; appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength and endurance; healthy eating, appropriate use of medication; and working with healthcare providers.