Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

Currently, the SEAGO Area Agency on Aging provides evidence-based programs and workshops for members of our community who are 60 years or older or disabled.  For more information, please contact our Health & Nutrition Coordinator, Cynthia Meyers at 520.432.2528 Extension 206.

Tai Chi for Health

Tai Chi Classes are 16 sessions consisting of twice a week for 8 weeks in one hour sessions.  Tai Chi is a gentle exercise that combines breathing, slow movements and focused attention. It is sometimes called Meditation in Motion. It can help prevent falls by improving strength and balance while also reducing stress and improving posture.  This class is beneficial for all ages and fitness levels. For those with physical challenges, the movements can be done seated or with a chair for balance. Classes will be led by Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention instructors, certified by the Tai Chi for Health Institute. This program is recommended by the Arthritis Foundation and the Center for Disease Control.  

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A Matter of Balance

This award winning program is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase the activity levels of older adults who have concerns about falls. This program utilizes trained volunteer coaches to teach the eight two-hour sessions.

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program

The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, also known widely as CDSMP, is a six week workshop designed to empower patients living with a chronic condition by improving their skills in medical, home and emotional management. It is one of the most well studied, evidence-based self-management programs available, backed up by over 20 years of federally funded research.  Topics covered in the 6-week workshop include:

  • Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation
  • Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance
  • Appropriate use of medications
  • Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals
  • Nutrition
  • Decision making
  • How to evaluate new treatments