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Healthy Living

The Health Promotion Team provides programs specifically for older adults to manage chronic conditions, improve physical functioning, increase socialization, and prevent falls. Our mission is to improve the health and wellness of older adults in San Diego County so they will remain independent. Learn more about programs offered below. \

Staying Active

Feeling Fit Club

The Feeling Fit Club is a functional Fitness Program designed for older adults of all abilities. The goals of the program are to offer a safe, comfortable environment for older adults to engage in physical activity as well as to help older adults develop and maintain their level of physical fitness. In addition to learning about the benefits of exercise, health, and fitness components, this program encourages social interaction, fun, and help to build self-esteem. 

The classes include 4 core components: strength (upper body, lower body, and core), balance, aerobic endurance, and flexibility. All moves and exercises are designed to be adapted to various physical abilities and can be performed from a seated or standing position. Program evaluation has shown improvement in participants’ strength, flexibility, balance, and ability to perform activities of daily living. 

The Feeling Fit Club program is delivered through four methods. Explore the method that will work best for you:

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  • On TV

    Feeling Fit Club is available via Public Access Television (Monday through Friday at 8am, 1pm, and 4pm). The following channels host the show. Please be aware that Feeling Fit Club on TV is subject to being preempted:

    • Cox Channels 19 and 24
    • Spectrum Channels 24 and 85
    • AT&T U-Verse Channel 99

     

  • DVD for home use

    For older adults who are homebound or for whom the above formats will not work for them, the DVD can be sent to them along with a stretch band for home exercise. The DVD/Video is the same as the TV show (all 5 episodes).

    To request a Feeling Fit Club DVD and/or stretch band for home use, email HealthierLiving.HHSA@sdcounty.ca.gov or call (858) 495-5500. 

     

Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention

Tai Chi for Arthritis is an evidence-based falls prevention program that utilizes the Sun style of Tai Chi. Movements are taught to both left and right sides and with turns to move forward and backward to improve mobility and offer a variety of combinations. This program has been shown to improve movement, balance, strength, and flexibility; offer relaxation; and decrease pain and falls. This program is appropriate for adults with or without arthritis, rheumatic diseases or related musculoskeletal conditions, joint involvement and back pain, and those at a higher risk of falling. 

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Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance

Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance (TCMBB) is a modified version of the Yang style of Tai Chi that commonly is done using either 108, or, in the “short form,” 24 different positions. TCMBB further simplifies the traditional style and has only 8 essential positions, moving in a slow, flowing, and controlled fashion. This program was developed by Dr. Fuzhong Li at Oregon Research Institute (ORI) and was designed especially for older adults to reduce their risk of falls. Evidence suggests, participating in TCMBB reduces falls and fear of falling; and increases functional balance and physical performance.

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Courses to Manage Your Health

Healthier Living with Chronic Conditions 

An Evidence-Based self-management program originally developed at Stanford University, now managed by the Self-Management Resource Center this program designed for people with chronic conditions as well as their family members and caregivers.  Chronic conditions may include but are not limited to arthritis, depression, heart disease, diabetes, COPD, etc. This program has been proven to achieve positive health outcomes and reduced health care expenditures. The program is led by two trained peer educators, who may also have a chronic condition.

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  • Class Topics

    Topics 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

     

  • Upcoming Classes
    Please check back as we open more opportunities. 
    • Date: Classes are held 2 ½ hours a week for six weeks. 
    • Cost: FREE

    Email HealthierLiving.HHSA@sdcounty.ca.gov or call (858) 495-5500 with any questions.

     

   

Healthier Living with Diabetes

An Evidence-Based self-management program originally developed at Stanford University, now managed by the Self-Management Resource Center, designed for people with Type 2 Diabetes as well as their family members and caregivers. This program has been proven to achieve positive health outcomes and reduced health care expenditures. The program is led by two trained peer educators, who may also have diabetes.

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  • Class Topics

    Topics include:

    • Techniques to deal with the symptoms of diabetes, fatigue, pain, hyper/hypoglycemia, stress, and emotional problems such as depression, anger, fear, and frustration
    • Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength and endurance
    • Healthy eating
    • Appropriate use of medication
    • 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. 

     

  • Upcoming Classes

    Classes are held 2 ½ a week for six weeks.

    • Date: Fridays, June 18th – July 23rd (6/18, 6/25, 7/2, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23)
    • Time:  9:30 am – 12:00 pm
    • Cost: FREE
    • Location: Virtual Zoom meetings
    • Host Site: Aging & Independence Services, County of San Diego

    Register here

    For more information or to register, call (619) 495-7296 or email healthierliving.hhsa@sdcounty.ca.gov.

     

     

   

Healthier Living with Chronic Pain

An Evidence-Based self-management program originally developed at Stanford University, now managed by the Self-Management Resource Center for people experiencing chronic pain as well as their family members and caregivers. This program has been proven to achieve positive health outcomes and reduced health care expenditures. The program is led by two trained peer educators, who may also have chronic pain or another chronic condition.

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  • Class Topics

    Topics include:

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

     

  • Upcoming Classes
    Please check back as we open more opportunities. 
    • Date: Classes are held 2 ½ hours a week for six weeks. 
    • Cost: FREE

    Email HealthierLiving.HHSA@sdcounty.ca.gov or call (858) 495-5500 with any questions.

     

   


Nutrition Services

Meals & Senior Dining

Proper nutrition is essential to health and wellbeing. Aging & Independence Services and community partners are working closely to ensure that older adults have their nutrition needs met during this difficult time. Click below to learn more about senior dining centers and nutrition services in the county. 

   

CalFresh Healthy Living

CalFresh Healthy Living (SNAP-Ed) is dedicated to helping make the healthy choice the easy choice for older adults and adults with disabilities in San Diego County. The program aims to empower Cal-Fresh eligible communities lead healthy and active lifestyles by providing nutrition education, and supporting policy, system, and environmental changes that can improve access to healthy food and physical activity opportunities. 

   


Get Involved

Aging & Independence Services hosts the Health Promotion Committee and the Fall Prevention Task Force. We invite you to participate and be part of a network of older adults, health, and other community organizations. To learn more about meetings, please e-mail HealthierLiving.HHSA@sdcounty.ca.gov or call 858-495-5500.

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  • Health Promotion Committee

    Mission: Improve the health of older adults and persons with disabilities so they may maintain independence as long as possible. 

    Representatives from a network of senior, health and other community organizations meet monthly to exchange information and cooperate in collaborative programs.

    Meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

     

  • Fall Prevention Task Force

    Mission: Reduce falls and their devastating consequences in San Diego County.

    Task Force members work on special projects, do presentations in the community, and work with AIS on our fall prevention programs.

    Meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm.

   

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