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: March 17 – April 28 (Tuesdays) 9:30-11:30 am; SSM Health, Janesville (See Flyer)
Session 2: May 6 - June 17 (Wednesdays) 10 am - 12 noon; Mercy North Clinic
Session 3: July 27 – August 31 (Mondays); 9:30-11:30 last day will be Friday, 9/11, SSM Health, Janesville
Session 4: October – Nov. Time, dates and location TBD by Mercy Staff
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 (See Flyer)
Session 2: May 8 – June 12 (Fridays) 9-10:30 am - Edgerton Hospital & Health Services, 11101 North Sherman Rd (See Flyer)
Session 3: April 23- May 28 (Thursdays) Creekside Place in Evansville; contact Stoughton Hospital
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 has waiting lists in other counties!)
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: May - June (Fridays) - location and time TBD- (Possibly Evansville)
Session 2: September 14th - October 19th (Mondays) time TBD - Clinton Senior Center
NEW! Healthy Living with Diabetes /Tomando Control de Su Salud – 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 this summer or fall!
Session in English: October 8 – November 12 at Grinnell Hall, Beloit
NEW! Stand Up & Move More! “SUMM” is a health education workshop for sedentary adults age 55+ to help you get off the couch and moving more! This is a research study conducted by UW- Madison. Program involves attending the intro session, the 4 week workshop, attending a refresher at 8 weeks and assessments at 12 & 24 weeks. Participants will receive up to $60 in gift certificates for completing the program and assessments..
Session 1: April 7- May 5th (Tuesdays) 10am- 12 noon. Rock Co. Council on Aging office 3328 N. Hwy 51 (See Flyer)
Session 2: May 7- June 4 (Thursdays) 10 am – 12 noon, offered in Beloit at the Rotary River Center (See Flyer)
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.