Health & Wellness Programs

My Life My Health 



In the 13 counties of the AACOG Region, My Life My Health offers older adults four Health and Wellness Programs.  You can view more information about the various programs below, view our brochure, or submit a form to request more information on upcoming classes.

A Matter of Balance

A class designed to reduce the fear of falling, stop the fear of falling cycle, and improve activity levels among community-dwelling older adults. The program includes eight 2-hour classes where participants learn to view falls and fear of falling as controllable; to set realistic goals for increasing activity; to change their environment to reduce fall risk factors; and to promote exercise to increase strength and balance. Participants find they have a significant level of improvement regarding management and control of falls and an increase in their level of exercise and social activities. Video: Program Overview Source: http://www.mainehealth.org/PFHA

Chronic Disease Self Management
This workshop is 2 1/2 hours, once a week for six weeks. People with different chronic health problems attend together. Workshops are facilitated by two trained leaders, one or both of whom are non-health professionals with a chronic disease themselves. Classes are highly interactive, where mutual support and success build the participants' confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives. Video: Managing Ongoing Health Conditions

Diabetes Self Management
This 2 1/2 hour class meets once a week for six weeks and is focused on people with Type 2 Diabetes. Workshops are facilitated by two trained leaders, one or both of whom have diabetes or another chronic health condition. Subjects covered include techniques to deal with symptoms of diabetes; appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength and endurance; healthy eating; appropriate use of medication; and working more effectively with health care providers.  Participants will make weekly action plans, share experiences, and help each other solve problems they encounter in creating and carrying out their self-management program. Source: Stanford University Medical School





Community Stress Busting Program

This evidence based program is available to caregivers of dementia and Alzheimer patients.  The nine 2-hour sessions deal with the key components of the stress present when caring for a loved one suffering with dementia or Alzheimer's.  Relaxation techniques are taught in addition to coping skills, grief and loss management, and dealing with depression.  The program is taught by trained facilitators in a small group atmosphere. AACOG offers this program only in the Alamo Region. For classes in Bexar County, visit www.caregiverstressbusters.org
Source: UT Health Science Center San Antonio   

Contacts

Valerie Biediger, (210) 362-5220, vbiediger@aacog.com (Bexar County)
Jim Rowland, (210) 918-1279, jrowland@aacog.com (Alamo Region)