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Spring and Summer Health & Wellness Classes Announced

The York County Area Agency on Aging presents the following FREE health and wellness classes.  Mark your calendars and call to register!

Healthy Steps in Motion (HSIM)

HSIM is an exercise-focused fall prevention program, in addition to balance improvement. It starts with a warmup, followed by strength and balance exercises. It ends with a cool-down stretch. There are three levels of exercise, to enable participants to continue HSIM for as long as they like. Participants will take part in physical skill screenings to determine their fall risk. HSIM strives to reduce the risk of falling by building body strength, increasing flexibility and improving balance.

Upcoming Class:

VNA of Hanover & Spring Grove
440 Madison St., Hanover, PA 17331
Mondays & Wednesdays, May 2 – 25
1 pm – 2pm
Call Faye at 717-852-4902 ext.1044 by April 25 to register.

Healthy Steps for Older Adults (HSOA)

HSOA reduces fall risks among older adults by raising awareness about the causes of falls and how to prevent them. Participants learn how to exercise safely at home and are provided information on ways to improve their health and well-being. Discussions will include home and medication safety, as well as appropriate foot care/footwear. Physical skills screening will be done to learn more about their risk for falling. Referrals and additional resources are also available.

Upcoming Class:

Hayshire United Church of Christ
100 Haybrook Drive, York, PA 17406
Tuesdays, June 28 & July 5, 10am – 12pm
Call Faye at 717-852-4902 x1044 by June 20 to register.

A Matter off Balance (MOB)

MOB targets older adults who have concerns about falling, have fallen in the past, have restricted their activities because of falling concerns or are interested in improving balance, flexibility and strength. It emphasizes practical strategies to manage falls. Participants will learn to view falls as controllable; set goals for increasing activity; make changes to reduce fall risks at home; exercise to increase strength and balance. Classes are free and held twice a week for 4 weeks. Each class is 2 hours in length.

Upcoming Classes:

St. John’s Blymire’s United Church of Christ 
1009 Blymire Road, Dallastown, PA 17313
Mondays & Wednesdays, April 18 – May 9 
Last class is Thurs. May 12, 1 pm – 3 pm
Register by April 11.

York Township Park Building - CLASS IS FULL
25 Oak St., York, PA 17402
Mondays & Wednesdays, Sept. 12 – Oct. 5, 1 pm - 3 pm
Register by Sept. 6.

Dover Township Community Center
3700 Davidsburg Road, Dover, PA 17315
Tuesdays & Thursdays, Sep. 13, 15, 22, 27, 29 & Oct. 4
1 pm - 3 pm
Register by Sept. 6.

Call Faye at 717-852-4902 x1044 to register.

Living Well With Diabetes

Adults 60 and older living with diabetes or pre-diabetes, and caregivers age 60 and older caring for someone with diabetes, can participate in the diabetes self-management workshops. This health promotion program introduces participants to self-management tools for managing diabetes—healthy eating, monitoring blood sugar, action planning, dealing with difficult emotions, and breaking the symptom cycle that comes with the disease. The interactive program is held once weekly for six weeks.

Upcoming Workshops:

York County at Pleasant Valley Road
2401 Pleasant Valley Road, York, PA 17402
Wednesdays, July 13 -Aug. 3 & Tuesdays, Aug. 9-16 
1-3:30pm; No registration deadline
Call Megan at 717-855-0437 to register.

Chronic Pain Self-Management Program

The Chronic Pain Self-Management Program is designed for those age 60 and older living with chronic pain, and caregivers age 60 and older caring for someone living with chronic pain. The program was developed by the Self-Management Resource Center, formerly Stanford University Patient Education Resource Center. It’s designed to help older adults manage their chronic pain so they may live more fulfilling, satisfying lives.

Certified leaders will hold the class once weekly for six weeks. Participants will learn self-management tools like physical activity, action-planning, breathing techniques, understanding emotions, healthy eating, and others. Each participant will go away with a companion book, Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Pain, and a Moving Easy Program CD, gentle exercises for chronic pain.

Upcoming class:

York County at Pleasant Valley Road
2401 Pleasant Valley Road, York
Thursdays, July 14 through Aug. 18 
9:30am—12:00pm
Call Megan at 717-855-0437 to register.