Wellness Programs

Evidence Based Wellness Programs Offered by CARES


About Evidence-Based Programs

The primary goals of the Evidence-Based Disease and Disability Prevention Program are to empower older persons to adopt healthy behaviors, improve health status, and manage chronic conditions better. Additional information can be found on Evidence-Based Prevention Program Fact Sheet by the Administration on Aging.

Evidence Based Wellness Programs

A Matter of Balance: Managing the Concerns About Falls Min of 8- Max of 12

The chances are you know someone who has fallen or who is afraid of falling. A Matter of Balance is a proven program designed to help people manage concerns about falls and increase physical activity. Conducted in 8 two-hour sessions and uses 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.

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program Min of 10 – Max of 16

The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program “Living Healthy” is a workshop given for two hours, once a week, for six weeks. 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. Classes are highly interactive and space is limited. Call Theresa Brock to schedule a program or for more information call 1-888-718-2110 ext. 2018.

Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance   Min. of 8 – Max of 15

This Tai Chi program represents the results from years of scientific research and study. The program focuses on prevention of falls with the hope that, through 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, postural 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.

Diabetes Self-Management   Min of 10- Max of 16

The Diabetes Self-Management workshop is given 2½ 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.

Chronic Pain Self-Management   Min of 10 – Max of 16

The Chronic Pain Self-Management program (CPSMP) is designed for people who have a primary or secondary diagnosis of chronic pain.  Examples of chronic pain conditions are: chronic musculo-skeletal pain (such as neck, shoulder, back pain, etc.), fibromyalgia, whiplash injuries, chronic regional pain syndromes, repetitive strain injury, chronic pelvic pain, post-surgical pain that lasts beyond 6 months, neuropathic pain (often caused by trauma), or neuralgias (such as post herpetic pain and trigeminal neuralgia), and post stroke or central pain.  The CPSMP may also benefit those who have conditions such as persistent headache, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, diabetic neuropathy, or those who experience severe muscular pain due to conditions such as multiple sclerosis.  Classes are held for 2½ hours, once a week for six weeks. Subjects covered include: 1)techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, isolation and poor sleep; 2)appropriate exercises for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility and endurance; 3)appropriate use of medications; 4)communicating effectively with family, friends and health professionals; 5)nutrition; 6)pacing activity and rest; and 7)how to evaluate new treatments.

Diabetes Self-Management        Min of 10- Max of 16

The Diabetes Self-Management workshop is given 2½ 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.

Healthy Eating Every Day               Min of 5 – Max of 20

The mission 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 Health and Wellness Program needs individual(s) who have an interest to be trained to become certified to teach classes. CARES Inc. will pay for the training and upon completion of the course, individuals will be requested to execute a letter of agreement and be expected to execute 6 complete classes by year end.

For questions or additional information, please contact:

Theresa Brock
Health & Wellness Coordinator
CARES, Inc.
12417 Clock Tower Parkway
Hudson, Florida 34667
727-514-4770 (cell)
727-862-9291, Ext. 2008 (office) Wednesday and Saturday
Email: tbrock@caresfl.org