Wellness Programs

Chronic conditions are the most common and costly of all health conditions, but they are also the most preventable. Although chronic conditions are more common among older adults, they affect people of all ages and are now recognized as a leading health concern.

The wellness programs from Southern Maine Agency on Aging are classes and workshops designed to help adults of all ages live healthy, active lives. Programs may be offered on site or included in Employee Wellness Programs with a stipend for participation. Most programs are evidenced-based, having demonstrated positive health and financial outcomes.

Tai Chi for Health and Balance

Tai Chi for Health and Balance (TCHB) was developed by Dr. Paul Lam for the Arthritis Foundation. The program uses gentle Sun-style Tai Chi routines that are safe, easy to learn, and suitable for every fitness level. TCHB combines agile steps, joint-safe exercise and mental strength to improve mobility, breathing, and relaxation. It is a joint-safe way for people of all ages and abilities to take control of their physical, emotional, and mental health.

According to a report by the Arthritis Foundation, TCHB has been linked to:
• Decreased pain
• Improved movement
• Improved ability to perform daily tasks
• Improved strength, flexibility, and balance

TCHB is offered in 8-week sessions. During each session, classes meet for 1 hour twice a week. To achieve the full benefit of TCHB participants should plan on attending three 8-week sessions for a total of 24 weeks.

Wellness Lunch & Learns

A variety of lunch and learn programs are available to support employees with health and wellness goals for themselves or family members.

All programs are presented on site at your business or via web before or after work hours or during lunch. 2-hour comprehensive seminars are also available.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:
• Healthy Body, Healthy Brain
• The Power to Prevent a Fall
• Aging: Myths and Realities
• Can We Talk? Communicating With Healthcare Providers

Athletic Competition

Adults age 45+ can stay active and competive by participating in the Maine Senior Games. There are 20 events held annually. Participants age 50+ can qualify to also compete at the national level (NSGA.com). Employers may sponsor employee teams.

Healthy Steps for Older Adults

Healthy Steps for Older Adults is an evidence-based program developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, aimed at preventing falls. Participants will learn to:
• Identify personal risk factors for falls
• Identify and address home safety hazards
• Communicate with healthcare providers moreeffectively
• Locate additional resources in the community

The Healthy Steps for Older Adults workshop consists of a balance screening and two 2-hour modules, typically offered as a one day event, with a break for lunch and socializing. An exercise program is part of the workshop,and can be customized to your ability level. Whether you’re active every day or haven’t exercised in a while, this workshop is for people of all physical abilities.