In response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus), all health promotion programs, including Feeling Fit and Tai Chi classes as well as Healthier Living workshops, have been cancelled temporarily.

Several of our Feeling Fit and Tai Chi instructors have agreed to serve as remote educators during this time in an effort to encourage participants to maintain their exercise routine at home. This will involve contacting participants via phone or e-mail during this period of cancellation and offering safety suggestions and alternatives to group class. If you are interested in receiving follow-up from an instructor on your home exercise routine, please contact us at (858) 495-5500 or send us an e-mail at HealthierLiving.HHSA@sdcounty.ca.gov. For information on how to access Feeling Fit Club videos at home, please click here

For more information on COVID-19, the County of San Diego’s website is updated daily. Please visit: www.coronavirus-sd.com

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.

Websites to remember:

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

www.HealthierLivingSD.org  - links directly to this page for easy access to program information and class schedules

www.AISEvents.org – includes information on aging conferences such as Vital Aging and Aging Summit

 

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 Club 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.
  2. On TV. The Feeling Fit Program is shown three times daily on three stations. See details below.
  3. Online at CountyNewsCenter.com
  4. 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. 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

See below to register for upcoming Healthier Living with Chronic Conditions classes:

Host Site: Aging & Independence Services, County of San Diego

Location: Virtual Zoom meetings

To register, visit https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEpduiuqTosE92TwFU5lpIXm7POZyRpWajV

Dates: 6 sessions, Wednesdays, April 28th – June 2nd  (4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19, 5/26, 6/2)

Time: 9:30am – 12:00pm

 

Host Site: Carlsbad Senior Center

Location: Virtual Zoom Meetings

To register, visit Catalog - City of Carlsbad, CA (rec1.com)

Dates: 6 sessions, Mondays, May 24th – July 12th (5/24, 6/7, 6/14, 6/21, 6/28, 7/12)

Time: 10:00am - 12:30pm

 

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

 

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. 

See below to register for upcoming Healthier Living with Diabetes classes:

Host Site: Sustaining Grace

Location: Virtual Zoom meetings

For more information, or to register, contact (619) 401-4006 or office@susgrace-outreach.org

Dates: 6 sessions, Tuesdays, May 11th – June 15th  (5/11, 5/18, 5/25, 6/1, 6/8, 6/15)

Time: 3:00pm – 5:30pm

 

Host Site: Aging & Independence Services

Location: Virtual Zoom Meetings

To register, visit https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJItd-CgrjooH9Xu1uknGzfR1qdqPiz6sQ_z

Dates: 6 sessions, Fridays, June 18th – July 23rd (6/18, 6/25, 7/2, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23)

Time: 9:30am – 12:00pm 

 

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 

For more information about the program, or to find a workshop near you, 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 information and community education resources on how to reduce the risk of falling. 

Did you know that every 15 seconds, an older adult is treated in an emergency department for a fall? The good news is that falls are largely preventable! Explore a variety of workshop recordings from Fall Prevention Awareness Week 2020 and learn how YOU can take steps to prevent falls.

 

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. It 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. Classes will be offered two hours per week for eight weeks.

The following class dates and times are now available:

Class #1

Tuesdays and Fridays

9:00 am – 10:00 am

Start Date: May 4th, 2021

To register, click here

Class #2

Tuesdays and Fridays

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Start Date: May 18th, 2021

To register, click here

Because these classes will be offered online, capacity is very limited. Participation in the class will be on a first come, first served basis. Once capacity is reached, participants still wanting to participate will be put on a waitlist for future classes.

 

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

 

Committees to make a difference:

Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation and with the safety and wellbeing of the community as a top priority, meetings are occurring virtually until further notice. To receive meeting notifications and details, please e-mail HealthierLiving.HHSA@sdcounty.ca.gov or call (858) 495-5500.

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 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 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Speakers’ Bureau: Task Force members are trained to give fall prevention presentations to older adults and service providers. Due to current restrictions on large gatherings, presentations are being offered virtually until further notice. If your organization wishes to schedule a virtual fall prevention presentation, please send a brief description of the audience, time/day request, and number of attendees to the contact below:

For more information on AIS Health Promotion programs, contact HealthierLiving.HHSA@sdcounty.ca.gov or call 858-495-5500.