Senior Wellness Workshops
Rock County Council on Aging offers evidence-based health and wellness classes for older adults and caregivers. These classes cover a number of topics and are low or no cost. Many of the classes are offered several times this year; choose the session that fits your schedule. Scholarships are available!!
If you have any questions about the workshops listed below or need assistance in enrolling, please call Health Promotion Coordinator at (608) 757-5309.
STEPPING ON is a seven-week class that is proven to reduce falls. Classes are focused on improving balance and strength, home and environmental safety, vision, and a medication review. Research shows that Stepping On participants have a 31% reduced risk of falls. Suggested Donation: $10
Session 1: CANCELED March 17 – April 28 (Tuesdays) 9:30-11:30 am; SSM Health, Janesville
Session 2: CANCELED May 6 - June 17 (Wednesdays) 10 am - 12 noon; Mercy North Clinic
Session 3: CANCELED July 27 – August 31 (Mondays); 9:30-11:30 last day will be Friday, 9/11, SSM Health, Janesville
Session 4: Time, dates and location To Be Determined
POWERFUL TOOLS FOR CAREGIVERS and its adaptation for Parents of Children with Special Needs: Caregiver support program is a six-week class for caregivers designed to help them better cope with the challenges of caregiving. Proven to decrease negative emotions related to caregiving, increase confidence, increase awareness and use of community resources for family caregivers. Participants will receive support and resources that will help make their caregiving journey easier. Suggested Donation: $10.
Session 1: March 2- April 6 (Mondays) 5:30-7:30 pm - Beloit Library, Eclipse Center
Session 2: UPDATED! May be a virtual program - stay tuned for more info! In person workshop could be; August 7 –September 11, 2020 9:00 - 11:00 am (Fridays), Edgerton Hospital & Health Services, 11101 North Sherman Rd., Edgerton, 53534. (See flyer)
NEW! MIND OVER MATTER: HEALTHY BOWELS, HEALTHY BLADDER. Three sessions over five weeks. Designed to give older women learning strategies for preventing or lessening symptoms - researched and proven to improve bladder symptoms for 71% of participants and bowel symptoms for 55%. (This workshop may also be offered via webinar!)
Coming in fall of 2020 - Time and location TBD
HEALTHY EATING FOR SUCCESSFUL LIVING IN OLDER ADULTS is a six-week class designed to assist older adults in the self-management of their nutritional health. The focus of this program is to encourage participants to implement eating and activity behaviors that support heart and bone health. Cost: Free! Facilitator: Nutrition and Health Associates RDNs.
Session 1: Postponed until Summer, 2020 - location and time TBD
Session 2: September 14th - October 19th (Mondays) 9:30am to 11:30am - Clinton Senior Center
NEW! Healthy Living with Diabetes /Vivir Saludable con Diabetes – Self-management program for people with diabetes offered in English and Spanish* - proven to increase knowledge and confidence in dealing with diabetes, improve self-care behaviors, and reduce emergency department visits and hospitalizations for diabetes. *We are working with Beloit Community Health Center to get two Spanish speaking staff members to get trained as a leaders to conduct a program in Fall or 2021.
Session in English: October 15 – November 19 (Thursdays) 9:00AM to 11:30AM, Grinnell Hall, 631 Bluff Street, Beloit
NEW! Stand Up & Move More! The University of Wisconsin-Madison, is extending an invitation to adults older than 55 years of age to participate in a “Stand Up and Move More” Program. This fun, interactive workshop will determine the health benefits of standing up and moving more throughout the day. Those eligible to participate are adults older than 55 years of age, who sit more than six hours a day, and are without major medical conditions. The program consists of meetings held once/week for 5-weeks, a refresher session at 8 weeks and an assessment at 12 weeks. Those who finish the workshop and complete assessments will receive up to $60 in gift certificates. (See flyer)
Beloit Session: UPDATED! August 5 - September 2, 2020 (Wednesdays) 1pm to 3pm, Grinnell Hall, 631 Bluff Street, Beloit
Janesville Session: UPDATED! August 4-September 1 (Tuesdays) 10am to 12pm (noon), Rock Co. Council on Aging, 3328 N Hwy 51, Janesville
LIVING WELL WITH CHRONIC CONDITIONS is a six-week workshop that provides information and support to people with any kind of ongoing health condition: e.g., Parkinson’s, arthritis, depression, high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic pain, anxiety, cancer, and any others. These highly participatory workshops build the participant’s confidence in their ability to manage their health, communicate more effectively with family members and healthcare providers, de-stress and relax, and maintain active and fulfilling lives. Cost: $15 total
No workshops currently offered.
LIGHTEN UP is an eight-week workshop that promotes quality of life and wellbeing in persons age 60 and older. The program is designed to help people manage their daily lives in more positive ways through techniques meant to process and understand the internal thoughts and barriers that influence daily decisions. Activities include group discussion, self-reflection, and journaling. Cost: FREE
Not being offered in 2020.
WALK WITH EASE is a six-week gentle walking program offered three days/week. It is designed to teach participants how to safely make physical activity part of their everyday life. The program helps people living with arthritis better manage their pain, but it is also ideal for people without arthritis who want to make walking a daily habit. Each workshop begins with a short informational “lecturette,” and then the group gets up and walks together outside (weather dependent) for the remainder of the time. Cost: $12 total
Not being offered in 2020.