Healthy Aging

Mystic Valley Elder Services offers a variety of free, evidence-based workshops to promote health, wellbeing, and happiness. To view upcoming classes, please view our events calendar.

To request a workshop for your organization or center, contact Donna Covelle, Healthy Aging Program Coordinator at 781-388-4867.

My Life, My Health: Chronic Disease Self Management Program Provides tools and support for healthy living for people with chronic health conditions including diabetes, heart disease, and asthma. teaches about healthy eating, exercise for maintaining and improving endurance, and working effectively with healthcare providers. Workshop developed by Stanford University. 6 weeks, 2.5 hours per session.

Tomando Control De Su Salud (Spanish) The Spanish version of Chronic Disease Self Management Program. Similar to the English version, it is culturally appropriate and has an emphasis on healthy eating and exercise.  6 weeks, 2.5 hours per session.

My Life, My Health: Diabetes Self Management Program For adults living with Diabetes. Teaches techniques for dealing with issues like stress management, avoiding complications, and appropriate use of medications, healthy eating and working effectively with healthcare providers. Workshop developed by Stanford University. 6 weeks, 2.5 hours per session.

Healthy Eating for Successful Living This program is for people who want to learn more about nutrition and teaches how lifestyle changes can promote better health. The program stresses heart and bone health strategies that are important to preventing or managing most chronic conditions. 6 weeks, 2.5 hours per session.

A Matter of Balance Fall Prevention Program With exercises designed to increase core strength and balance, this program is designed to reduce the fear of falling, to help prevent falls, and to increase activity levels among older adults. 8 weeks, 2 hours per session.

My Life, My Health: Chronic Pain Self Management Program Designed for anyone who has been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, whiplash injuries, post-surgical pain, neuropathic pain, neuralgias, post-stroke pain, diabetic neuropathy, chronic neck/shoulder/back pain, or other types of ongoing pain. Techniques include managing frustration, fatigue and isolation, appropriate exercise, appropriate use of medications, and effective use of communication.  Workshop developed by Stanford University. 6 weeks, 2.5 hours per session.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers Designed to help family and friends caring for older adults with long-term health conditions (e.g., stroke, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, and others), this course helps caregivers develop skills and confidence to better care for themselves while caring for others. Weekly topics range from reducing stress to communicating in challenging situations and mastering care giving directions. 6 weeks, 2.5 hours per session.

Tai Chi Program from the Arthritis Foundation Developed by Dr. Paul Lam, this workshop uses gentle Sun-style tai chi routines that are safe, easy to learn, and suitable for every fitness level. The ancient discipline of tai chi combines agile steps, joint safe exercise, and mental strength to improve mobility, breathing, and relaxation in ways that help you feel greater control over your daily life. 8 weeks,1 hour per session.

My Life, My Health Cancer Program: Surviving and Thriving As adults with cancer or cancer survivors, participants will receive techniques for managing frustration, fatigue, pain, isolation, poor sleep, and living with uncertainty. The workshop teaches appropriate exercises for regaining and maintaining flexibility and endurance; strategies for making treatment decisions; nutrition and complementary therapies; effective communication techniques for family, friends, and health professionals. Workshop developed by Stanford University. 6 weeks, 2.5 hours per session.