LifeSpan is committed to offering a variety of health services and evidence-based wellness programs in our community.  Monthly health screenings and nutrition education programs are available at our congregate nutrition centers and community locations.  In addition, wellness programs are offered on a regular basis at our congregate centers, as well as through partnerships with local YMCAs and parks departments.

For more information on any of these programs, please contact Ramona Miller at  812-206- 7936.

Programs & Classes

Class offerings, schedules and screenings vary over the course of a year in location and workshops.  Please check with LifeSpan for current dates and times for programs listed.

Some of our current offerings include:

Tai Chi for Arthritis
Medical authorities agree that suitable exercise for people with arthritis should incorporate components that can improve muscular strength, flexibility, and fitness.

Increased muscular strength supports and protects joints, which will reduce pain.  Flexibility exercises also help to reduce pain and stiffness, thus improving mobility.  Stamina or fitness is important for overall health and proper function of your heart, lungs and muscles.

Tai Chi for Arthritis helps people with arthritis to improve all these and more. It improves balance both mentally and physically thus significantly reduces the rate of fall of the older adults. Additional benefits include improving relaxation, vitality, posture, and immunity.

Tai Chi for Arthritis is offered at our Joe Rhoads Senior Center in Corydon, Indiana with certified Master Rick Haines as our instructor.  Rick teaches the class two days per week at the center.

 

Walk with Ease
Walk With Ease is a 6-week walking, exercising and education program proven to  reduce pain, increase balance and strength, and improve overall health. The program will help motivate you to get in great shape and allow you to walk safely and comfortably.  Several of LifeSpan’s congregate centers offer this fun, group-walking program on a regular basis.

 

Active Living Every Day
Active Living Every Day (ALED) uses facilitated group-based problem-solving methods to integrate physical activity into everyday living. The program utilizes the ALED book and offers optional online support resources for participants and facilitators.  LifeSpan offers this 12-week wellness boosting program at our Scottsburg congregate center located at the Bacala Center.

 

A Matter of Balance
A Matter of Balance is an 8-week structured group intervention that emphasizes practical strategies to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels. Participants learn to view falls and fear of falling as controllable, set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and exercise to increase strength and balance.  This program is offered through a partnership with YMCA Floyd County.  Please call Ramona Miller for current workshop dates: 812- 206-7936.

 

Elder Lead Program
The Elder LEAD program is an evidence-inspired statewide initiative that promotes health and wellness among senior citizens.

The initiative works to reduce the likelihood of substance abuse and misuse as well as the onset of mental illness among the elder population. Elder LEAD serves as a protective factor helping to fill the gaps and provide resources to the senior community.

Elder LEAD is designed to provide seniors with the tools necessary to be:

  • Personal Health Advocates – take an active role in having a healthy body, a healthy mind and a healthy social life. As personal health advocates, program participants will learn the skills to maintain and improve their personal health as well as the skills and knowledge to help their friends and loved ones.
  • Manage Changes Linked to Aging – learn new ways to adapt to changes, stay active, find new joys, and continue to improve their lives.

The Elder LEAD program is implemented through a series of workshops that are facilitated in LifeSpan’s senior centers. Geminus Corporation provides administrative oversight for Elder LEAD, which is made possible due to funding from the Division of Mental Health and Addiction (part of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration.)

Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program
The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) provides fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables to senior participants age 60+ who meet eligibility criteria.  Eligible seniors receive coupon vouchers valued at $20 to purchase produce at a locally-approved farmers market or farm stand (processed foods and baked goods are not allowed).  LifeSpan will hold voucher distributions at multiple locations in June.

Important: Make sure the farmers market or stand you choose takes the vouchers.  A display sign should indicate: FARMERS MARKET CHECKS ACCEPTED HERE.  If in doubt, ASK. Checks are accepted June – October 15. Be sure to sign your check. No cash, change, refunds or credits will be given. Sales tax is not charged.

 For more information, please call LifeSpan’s Nutrition Coordinator, Carol Kaufmann at 812-206-1511.