Health Promotion

About AIS Health Promotion

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

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

Website to remember:

www.SanDiegoFallPrevention.org – videos, local resources (exercise classes, PT’s, home modification, medical alerts, etc), Toolkit, and more!

www.HealthierLivingSD.org  - includes schedules for programs and classes

www.AISEvents.org – includes links to Vital Aging info

Feeling Fit Club, an exercise program for older adults:

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

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 is offered via four different delivery methods throughout San Diego County:

  1. On-site classes with trained instructors at various community sites. Please see the current schedule. Vista Library has a special summer schedule. Click here for more information.
  2. On TV. The Feeling Fit Program is shown three times daily on three stations. See details below.
  3. Online at CountyNewsCenter.com
  4. Video/DVD program for home use.

The exercises in the home based program are focused on more frail seniors who are home-bound. There are five unique episodes which build in difficulty from Monday to Friday, and the episodes are repeated each week. The television programs are shown twice per day, Monday through Friday at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Cox: 19 or 24; Time Warner: Channel 85; Uverse: Channel 99 and scroll. Click here for the Feeling Fit Flier for more information. Please note that the program is shown on the “Local Government Access” station and may be listed in the TV guide as Feeling Fit – it may show up as “Local government Programming” and it is sometime pre-empted by other programs. We have no control over this.

For seniors for whom this schedule does not fit their daily routine, or if they are frustrated with the show getting pre-empted, the DVD can be sent to them along with a stretch band for home exercise. The DVD/Video is exactly the same as the TV show (all 5 episodes).

For more information or to order a DVD either call 858-495-5500 or send us an email.

Healthier Living With Chronic Conditions 
Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP)

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 consists of a workshop that meets once a week for 2 ½ hours per week for six weeks, led by two trained peer educators, who may also have a chronic condition.

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

The Healthier Living with Chronic Conditions workshops are available at sites throughout the County. Click here for current schedule.

For more information call 858-495-5500.

 

Healthier Living with Diabetes
Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP)

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 consists of a workshop that meets once a week for 2 ½ hours per week for six weeks, led by two trained peer educators, who may also have diabetes.

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.

The Healthier Living with Diabetes workshops are available at sites throughout the County. Click here for current schedule.

For more information call 858-495-5500.

 

Healthier Living with Chronic Pain
Chronic Pain Self-Management Program (CPSMP)

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 consists of a workshop that meets once a week for 2 ½ hours per week for six weeks, led by two trained peer educators, who may also have chronic pain or another chronic condition.

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

The Healthier Living with Chronic Pain workshops are available at sites throughout the County. Click here for current schedule.

For more information call 858-495-5500.

 

Healthier Living: Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEPTM)

Developed by the University of Illinois-Chicago for people with Type 2 diabetes, DEEPTM has been shown to be successful in helping participants take control of their disease and reduce the risk of complications. The program is part of the national Everyone with Diabetes Counts initiative sponsored by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to improve health outcomes and quality of life among diverse, underserved Medicare populations.  DEEPTM consists of a workshop that meets once per week for two hours, led by a certified peer educator.  This is a very hands-on, fun and informative workshop that assists participants in making lasting changes in their lives to control their blood sugar, eat well, exercise, prevent complications and live a healthier life.   

DEEP workshops are available at sites throughout the County Click here for current schedule.

For more information, please call 858-495-5500.  

Fall Prevention Programs:

Scientific evidence indicates that comprehensive fall prevention for older adults include management of medical risk factors, environmental safety, safe behaviors, and exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and balance (such as Tai Chi). Our website, www.SanDiegoFallPrevention.org offers a Toolkit and Resource Guide, including contact information for local organizations that address different facets of fall prevention. The website also has a variety of educational videos, including English and Spanish videos for seniors, and short video for clinicians.

Tai Chi: Moving For Better Balance

The TCMBB program 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. 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.

Older adults learn and practice the TCMBB form in a slow, flowing, and controlled fashion in a free group fitness class. Classes are ongoing and held for one hour, two times per week. Evidence suggests, participating in TCMBB reduces falls and fear of falling; and increases functional balance and physical performance. Click here for current schedule

Stepping On

This free program is sponsored by AIS and facilitated at Tri-City Medical Center. Lead by a Tri-City Medical Center physical therapist and peer leader whom also collaborate with guest experts to provide information on exercise, visions, safety and medications.

The workshop meets weekly for two-hour sessions for nine weeks. The program includes: an exercise manual, informational hand-outs, guest speakers, a home visit, and pre-and post-balance assessments.

Stepping On is a well-researched falls prevention workshop. The results were published in the September 2004 issue of the American Geriatrics Society. This program has been proven to reduce the risk of falling.

Class Location:
Tri-City Medical Center
4002 Vista Way, Oceanside, CA 92056

For more information call:

Tracy Park, MPT, at 760.940.7873, ext. 1

Other classes may be found on the website resource guide. (www.SanDiegoFallPrevention.org )

Committees to make a difference:

Health Promotion Committee

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

Meets on the 2ndTuesday of each month from 2:30 – 4 p.m. at the 5560 Overland Avenue, SD 92123 – AIS, Third Floor

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.

  • Central Chapter meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 1–2 p.m. at the 5560 Overland Avenue, SD 92123 – AIS, Third Floor
  • North County chapter meets at Tri-City Wellness Center: 6250 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, Ca. 92009 on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 1–2:30 p.m.

Fall Prevention Task Force Speakers’ Bureau: Task Force members are trained to give fall prevention presentations to older adults and service providers. If your organization wishes to schedule a fall prevention speaker please send your location, time/day request, and number of attendees to the contact below:

Contact: Samantha Sonnich
Samantha.Sonnich@sdcounty.ca.gov