Health Workshops

Roscommon County Commission on Aging provides different evidence-based health workshops throughout the year.

Many older adults experience concerns about falling and have to restrict their activities. A MATTER OF BALANCE is an award-winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels by emphasizing practical strategies to manage falls.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • Anyone concerned about falling

  • Anyone interested in improving balance, flexibility and strength

  • Anyone who has fallen in the past

  • Anyone who has restricted activities because of falling concerns

LEARN TO:

  • View falls as controllable

  • Set goals for increasing activity

  • Make changes to reduce fall risk at home

  • Exercise to increase strength and balance

Creating Confident Caregivers (CCC) is an exciting six-session workshop for family caregivers of persons with dementia and/or memory loss and still live at home.

This workshop has been found to reduce the stressors of caregiving by providing tools and information thus increasing your effectiveness as a caregiver.

YOU WILL GAIN INFORMATION AND TOOLS IN 4 MAIN AREAS:

  • Managing daily life
  • Managing behavior
  • Managing the caregiver’s personal care
  • Managing resources

YOU WILL LEARN STRATEGIES TO:

  • Reduce caregiver stress
  • Improve caregiver self-confidence
  • Create a positive caregiving environment
  • Plan daily activities for your loved one

PATH is a workshop that empowers people to take an active role in managing a chronic or long-term health condition. Workshops meet for 6 weeks, in 2 1/2 hour sessions each week. Workshops are offered in convenient, easily accessible community locations, and are offered for free, or at very low cost to participants.

Who should participate:

  • Adults with any chronic or long-term health conditions including arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, emphysema, asthma, bronchitis and depression.
  • Family members, friends, and caregivers are also encouraged to attend the workshop.

What happens in a PATH workshop?

The goal of the workshop is to help participants become better self-managers.

The workshop content is not disease specific; rather, it focuses on symptoms that are common to people with a variety of health conditions. Over the 6 weeks, emphasis is placed on creating personal action plans and setting practical, achievable goals.

Participants learn strategies to help them deal with problems such as pain, fatigue, and difficult emotions. Other topics include managing symptoms, managing medications, working with health care providers, relaxation, healthy eating, physical activity and communicating with family and friends.