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CARE is currently offering wellness programs in:
Please see below for complete descriptions of the programs CARES offers.

Any questions about our wellness programs please call 1-888-718-2110

PLEASE WATCH THE FOLLOWING VIDEO from Pinellas County Government / Pinellas County Connection TV
Produced by the Area Agency On Aging Of Pasco-Pinellas County –  Aging on the Suncoast

Most of us recognize that wisdom comes with age, but the need for learning does not go away as we get older. In fact, as technology and education continue to move forward in leaps and bounds, incredible advances have been made in health and wellness. For longevity’s sake, you owe it to yourself to stay informed.

Helping You Stay Informed

CARES Wellness programs have been keeping seniors healthy, happy and safely in their homes for over 20 years. These programs are designed for seniors and their caregivers because education is the key to success. Contact us now to get started today.

CARES Wellness Programs Include:

CARES Evidence Based Wellness Programs:

  • Active Living Every Day (ALED): This wellness program is offered one hour a week for twelve weeks. It is designed to help people overcome barriers that lead to physical inactivity. Participants will learn step-by-step tools that will help make behavioral changes to positively affect their health. The ALED workshop encourages participants to create their own action plan with activities that can be easily added to their daily routines. ALED is an evidence-based program that has been proven effective to produce lasting, positive change built with small successes through lifestyle management.  The program is FREE. Class size is limited and you must pre-register.
  • The Diabetes Self-Management Workshop (DSMP): This wellness program is offered two hours once a week for six weeks.  Subjects covered include: 1) techniques to deal with the symptoms of diabetes, fatigue, pain, hyper/hypoglycemia, stress, and emotional problems such as depression, anger, fear and frustration; 2) appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength and endurance; 3) healthy eating 4) appropriate use of medication; and 5) 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.   Physicians and other health professionals both at Stanford and in the community have reviewed all materials in the course and it has proven to be effective in enhancing the quality of life for those dealing with Type 2 Diabetes. The program is FREE. Class size is limited and you must pre-register.
  • Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance. This wellness program is offered for one hour twice a week for twelve weeks. The Tai Chi program results from years of scientific research and study by the Oregon Research Institute and focuses on prevention of falls by regular practice; Tai Chi will improve one’s balance and reduce the likelihood of falling. There are eight single forms in the program, all of which are derived from the traditional, well-known, 24-Form Yang Style Tai Chi but tailored to community adults who wish to improve balance and mobility. All forms adhere to the fundamental principles of traditional Tai Chi and involve weight-bearing and non-weight-bearing stances, posturally correct body alignment, and multiple, coordinated movements executed in a continuous, circular, and flowing manner.  Performance of the forms is closely synchronized with natural breathing, that is, each single movement coordinates with the inhale and exhale breathing cycle. The eight single forms are arranged in a sequential order, following a progression from easy to more difficult. Each of these forms can be performed and practiced repeatedly as a single movement or in combination as part of a routine. The program is FREE. Class size is limited to 20 people and you must pre-register.
  • A Matter of Balance Wellness Program: This wellness program is offered for two hours a week for eight weeks. The sessions consist of group discussion, problem–solving strategies, videos and gentle physical exercise. Older adults learn positive coping methods to reduce fear of falling and remain active and independent. A Matter of Balance helps participants become more confident about managing falls by believing that they can increase their strength, find ways to reduce falls, and protect themselves if they do fall. In addition, participants report that they have increased the amount they exercise on a regular basis. The program is FREE. Space is limited and you must pre-register.
  • Healthy Eating Every Day (HEED) This wellness program is offered for one hour a week for fourteen weeks. The goal is to help people improve their health and quality of life.  This program is designed to help people improve the quality of their diets.  It is a total dietary pattern approach to build cognitive and behavioral skills around healthy eating.  All foods can be part of a healthy diet.  HEED is based on current nutrition recommendations and helps people to learn to use lifestyle-management skills and develop and maintain healthy eating habits.  It meets one hour per week for 14 weeks. The program is FREE. Class size is limited and you must pre-register.
  • Living Healthy – Chronic Disease Self-Management (CDSMP): This wellness program is offered for two hours, once a week, for six weeks. People with different chronic health problems (such as hypertension, COPD, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, etc.) attend together. Workshops are facilitated by two trained leaders, one or both of whom are non-health professionals with a chronic diseases themselves.  Subjects covered include: 1) techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation, 2) appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance, 3) appropriate use of medications, 4) communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals, 5) nutrition, and, 6) how to evaluate new treatments. The program is FREE. Space is limited and you must pre-register.