Updated April 2021
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 a year; choose the session that fits your schedule. Scholarships are available!! To enroll online go to: https://www.co.rock.wi.us/aging (click on classes and workshops)
If you have any questions about the workshops listed below or need assistance in enrolling, please call Lisa Messer, Health Promotion Coordinator, at: (608) 757-5309 or email: [email protected]
To find a workshop being offered outside of Rock County go to: https://wihealthyaging.org/workshops
Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less is an online weight management program that uses strategies proven to work for weight loss and maintenance. Each lesson informs, empowers, and motivates participants to live mindfully as they make choices about eating and physical activity. Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less is delivered in an interactive real-time format with a live instructor.
For more information go to: https://esmmweighless.com/
POWERFUL TOOLS FOR CAREGIVERS 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.
ONLINE workshop series: May 5 - June 9, 2021 1:30-3:30 pm., six consecutive Wednesdays.
Participants will need a tablet or computer with mic/audio and have internet access.
Leaders: Teena Monk-Gerber of Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance of WI and Cori Marsh of Rock County ADRC.
Register by April 28th, 2021. $10 Suggested donation/fee. Open to all eligible caregivers in Wisconsin counties/tribes.
NEW! MIND OVER MATTER: HEALTHY BOWELS, HEALTHY BLADDER Taught by women for women. 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%.
Contact Lisa to get on our waitlist for in-person or online Rock County MOM workshops to be offered in 2021. (To participate sooner - virtual MOM workshops are being conducted throughout the state: https://wihealthyaging.org/workshops.)
LIVING WELL WITH CHRONIC CONDITIONS (formerly Better Choices/ Better Health)
A six-week workshop that provides information and support to people with any kind of ongoing health condition: e.g. heart disease, Parkinson's, arthritis, depression, high blood pressure, chronic pain, anxiety, cancer, and any others. These highly participatory workshops built 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 fulfilling lives. Help yourself to better health! Suggested donation/fee is $10.
Aging Mastery Program This fun, innovative five-week class for adults 50 and over, will empower you to take key steps to improve your well-being, add stability to your life, and strengthen ties to your community.
A fall workshop is being planned. The class is limited in size. Want to find out more before you commit? To ask questions or to register for a fall workshop, call The Council on Aging at 608-757-5416 or email: [email protected]
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 4- 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.
ONLINE workshop series (tentative start date): March 10 - April 7, 2021; Wednesday afternoons from 1-3 pm. Please contact Lisa Messer with questions or to enroll.
HEALTHY EATING FOR SUCCESSFUL LIVING IN OLDER ADULTS
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. Facilitator: Nutrition and Health Associates. Cost: Free!
No in-person class is currently scheduled. Please call or email Lisa Messer to inquire or register to get on a waiting list.
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 behavior, and reduce emergency department visits and hospitalizations for diabetes.
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