Wellness

Evidence Based Wellness Programs

WALK WITH EASE

The Walk With Ease Program is the first step toward a better life filled with more energy, less pain and more opportunities to say YES to what you love in life!

Just say YES to:

Stretching and Strengthening Exercises
Tips for making physical activity part of your everyday routine
Expert health advice from the Arthritis Foundation
Personalized, safe walking routines
Support and encouragement
Camaraderie and fun

Walk With Ease is a multi-component walking program that includes health education, stretching exercises, and motivational strategies to stay physically active. The program meets 3 times a week for 6 weeks and can benefit people with or without arthritis who want to live a healthier lifestyle.

Walk With Ease Program / Community Setting in 4 locations

Starts: October 5th  Ends: November 12th
St Francisville: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 8:30am-10:00am
New Roads: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 10:45am – 12:15pm
Port Allen: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday  12:50pm -2:00pm
Hammond: Monday Tuesday, Thursday 3:45pm – 5:15pm (FULL)
Cost: $7 per person for guidebook + 6 weeks!

The “Community Setting” version will be strictly outdoors, socially distant, with limited number of participants and taking extra precautions against community transmission for our most vulnerable population.

Walk With Ease Program / “Enhanced” Self-Directed

Starts: October 12th  Ends: November 19th
Walk times and locations at discretion of the participant
Instructor support throughout each week of the program
Cost: $7 per person for guidebook + 6 weeks

Space is limited for the “Enhanced” version, for more information and to sign up today call (225) 928-8767 or email  jwittenbrink@capitalaaa.org

 

  Reintroduction coming soon for:

A Matter of Balance

A Matter of Balance” is an excellent program for those concerned about falls or have sustained a fall in the past.  This evidence-based program aims to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels of older adults aged 60 or more.  Includes group discussion, problem solving, skill building, assertiveness training, exercise training and sharing practical solutions that incorporate improving flexibility, balance, and strength.

Tai Chi for Fall Prevention and Arthritis

The goals of the Tai Chi  program are to improve stability, mindful control of body positioning, walking, increasing range of motion around ankle joints & to build lower extremity strength. Call us to find a class near to you.  This program is endorsed by the Arthritis Foundation and the CDC as a recommended fall prevention program.

 

“How Research can Lead to improved Health outcomes for Older Adults”

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2016 there were more than 49.2 million people living in the U.S. over the age of 65.  This statistic, coupled with the fact that most patients living with health conditions such as cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, arthritis and other diseases, makes it imperative that medical research improves outcomes for this population.
Finding creative approaches to promote health and well-being and bringing new ideas to our community is imperative in continuing to engage the area’s older adults.  In addition to running programs that provide direct support for older adults, Capital Area Agency on Aging is interested in providing a forum for our community to learn more about the value and   importance of older adults participating in research.  Research is the cornerstone of developing the evidence-based programming our team delivers to you.
That is why we support the National Institutes of Health All of Us  Research Program.  The mission of All of Us is to accelerate health research and medical breakthroughs, enabling individualized prevention, treatment, and care for all of us.  All of Us seeks to bring together one million people who reflect the diversity of the U.S. and will donate their health information for at least ten years, creating one of the most comprehensive repositories of health information in the world. The program defines diversity not only by race and ethnicity but includes other determinates of health like age, sex and gender, and geography.
Researchers can use the information collected to help recognize health conditions earlier and identify steps that we all can take to stay healthier as we age.  It will also be invaluable in allowing researchers to better understand why people respond differently to various medications and treatments, so they can develop more effective, personalized treatments.
As we are currently experiencing the devastation of the Coronavirus and specifically its negative impact on minority populations who have pre-existing conditions, timing is of the upmost importance.  It is our hope that through research, we will now discover new ways to address the impact of health disparities and social determinants that have worked to produce the negative health outcomes we are currently experiencing.  The COVID-19 crisis has worked to reveal the problem pre-existing disease and co-morbidities, with the viral pandemic has had on our population, especially on the elderly.  A healthier adult, whether younger or older, will be able to better handle all challenges that could arise.
We want to encourage older Americans to participate in this program.  To learn more about All of Us and how to enroll, visit www.joinallofus.org/together
If you have questions about our wellness programs please reach out to Jeffrey Wittenbrink our Wellness Program Coordinator
CONTACT:
Phone: 225-928-8767
Fax: 225-922-2528