Area Agency on Aging staff and their partners offer workshops proven to empower you to improve your own health. We have a wide menu of services including: disease self-management, falls prevention, and caregiver programs. We also offer trainings to certify you to co-lead these interventions and bring them to your own community.

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Workshop Types

Falls Prevention

Otago Exercise Program

This is an in-home or outpatient exercise program facilitated by certified physical therapists or physical therapy assistants that is effective in reducing falls and falls related injuries for participants. It is intended for individuals who do not want to or cannot attend a group exercise program.

Duration: eight sessions over eight weeks.

Email Megan Stadnisky at Megan.Stadnisky@dhs.ga.gov for a list of Otago certified physical therapists for referral.

Matter of Balance

A program designed by researchers at MaineHealth to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults or persons at risk of falling. This program was rigorously tested and proven to effectively help persons gain self-confidence and become more active.

Duration: Workshop is offered in either a consecutive four or eight-week schedule, for a total of eight two-hour sessions.

Tai Chi for Health

Dr. Paul Lam and a team of researchers developed this evidence-based exercise program to introduce persons with arthritis or those with a fear of falling to Tai Chi. This six, eight, or 12-week program is found to relieve pain caused by arthritis, reduce falls, and improve quality of life.

Duration: Once or twice a week, 30 minutes – 1 hour for six, eight or 12 consecutive weeks

Self Management Education Programs

Chronic Disease Self Management Program

Stanford University developed this community-based, peer-led program to address symptoms persons with chronic conditions and caregivers experience. This program was rigorously tested and proven to effectively help persons with chronic conditions and disabilities (and caregivers) manage their conditions and enhance their quality of life.

Duration: Once a week (same day), 2 ½ hours (same time) for six consecutive weeks.

Tomando Control de su Salud

Chronic Disease Self Management Program offered and taught in Spanish. Se habla español.

Diabetes Self Management Program

Stanford University developed this community-based, peer-led program to teach persons with type 2 diabetes the skills needed in the day-to-day management of this condition. This program was rigorously tested and proven to effectively help persons with type 2 diabetes better manage their condition and symptoms associated with having diabetes.

Duration: Once a week (same day), 2 ½ hours (same time) for six consecutive weeks

Caregiver Programs

Powerful Tools for Caregivers (PTC)

Research studies find high rates of depression and anxiety among caregivers and increased vulnerability to health problems. PTC program improves self-care behaviors: increased exercise, use of relaxation techniques and medical checkups; management of emotions: reduced guilt, anger, and depression; and use of Community Resources: increased utilization of community services.

Duration: Once a week (same day), either for 90 minutes or 2 ½ hours for six consecutive weeks.

Care Consultations

BRI Care Consultation (BRI-CC) is a telephonic, evidence-based caregiver support program developed by the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging. BRI-CC employs coaching that is driven by consumer choice and focused on finding solutions to concerns that are the priorities of older adults receiving care and their caregivers.

Duration: This is a 12-month program designed to empower clients to take efficient and effective actions that match their care preferences.

Leader Trainings

A training is where you become certified to co-lead workshops in your community.

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Contact

Questions about workshops or trainings? Contact the Wellness Coordinator near year (based on your county of residence).

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  • Atlanta Regional Commission AAA (Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Rockdale counties)
  • Central Savannah River Area AAA (Burke, Columbia, Glascock, Hancock, Jefferson, Jenkins, Lincoln, McDuffie, Richmond, Screven, Taliaferro, Warren, Washington, Wilkes counties)
  • Coastal Georgia AAA (Bryan, Bullock, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh counties)
  • Heart of Georgia AAA (Appling, Bleckley, Candler, Dodge, Emanuel, Evans, Jeff Davis, Johnson, Laurens, Montgomery, Tattnall, Telfair, Toombs, Treutlen, Wayne, Wheeler, Wilcox counties)
  • Legacy Link, Inc. AAA (Banks, Dawson, Forsyth, Franklin, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Lumpkin, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union, White counties)
  • Middle Georgia AAA (Baldwin, Bibb, Crawford, Houston, Jones, Monroe, Peach, Pulaski, Putnam, Twiggs, Wilkinson counties)
  • Northeast Georgia AAA (Barrow, Clarke, Elbert, Greene, Jackson, Jasper, Madison, Morgan, Newton, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Walton counties)
  • Northwest Georgia AAA (Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Fannin, Floyd, Gilmer, Gordon, Harralson, Murray, Paulding, Pickens, Polk, Walker, Whitfield counties)
  • River Valley AAA (Chattahoochee, Clay, Crisp, Dooley, Harris, Macon, Marion, Muscogee, Quitman, Randolph, Schley, Stewart, Sumter, Talbot, Taylor, Webster counties)
  • Southern Georgia AAA (Atkinson, Bacon, Ben Hill, Berrien, Brantley, Brooks, Charlton, Clinch, Coffee, Cook, Echols, Irwin, Lanier, Lowndes, Pierce, Tift, Turner, Ware counties)
  • Three Rivers AAA (Butts, Carroll, Coweta, Heard, Lamar, Meriwether, Pike, Spalding, Troup, Upson counties)
  • Southwest Georgia (SOWEGA) AAA (Baker, Calhoun, Colquitt, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Grady, Lee, Miller, Mitchell, Seminole, Terrell, Thomas, Worth counties)