CARES Wellness Programs

Keeping seniors healthy, happy and safely in their homes for over 20 years. Education is the key to success, these programs are designed for seniors and their caregivers!

    • Wellness Programs – Evidence Based
    • Health & Public Safety Programs
    • Disease Prevention Seminars
    • Memory Enhancement Workshops
    • Physical Activities
    • Health Fairs
    • Support Groups
    • Health Screenings


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

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 Tai Chi program represents the results from years of scientific research and study by the Oregon Research Institute. The program focuses on the 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, 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, every single movement coordinates with the inhale and exhale breathing cycle. The eight single forms are arranged in 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.

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.

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 disease 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.

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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

Calling all Volunteers and Partners. We are looking for volunteers who share a desire for health and wellness and who are willing to facilitate workshops. Likewise, we are looking for partner organizations that share the same mission and are willing to work with us to increase the availability of our health and wellness programs.  Please contact Theresa Brock for more information.

Send an email to
727-862-9291 ext.2000