The Tri-County Office on Aging to Offer Online Workshops

The Tri-County Office on Aging (TCOA) has promoted the independence and dignity of older adults for more than 45 years as the Area Agency on Aging for Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham Counties. TCOA’s priority is to keep all volunteers, staff, clients, and program participants safe while continuing to provide a variety of services such as information and assistance, coordination of in-home supports, and health and wellness workshops. TCOA generally offers five evidence-based programs to meet the needs of older adults, their families and caregivers. The agency is pleased to announce the availability of online workshops for three of its most popular programs.

The five programs usually offered are: Diabetes PATH (Personal Action Toward Health,) Chronic Pain PATH, A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls, Powerful Tools for Caregivers and Creating Confident Caregivers®. All programs are provided at no cost to the participant, have trained facilitators, and come with the materials needed to participate.

Under Michigan’s Stay Home Stay Safe order, and in following advice from public health officials who recommend that people avoid group settings (especially older adults and individuals with chronic health conditions), TCOA temporarily suspended in-person evidence-based programs in mid-March. TCOA’s capable and resilient staff were able to shift Diabetes PATH and Powerful Tools for Caregivers workshops to an online format in order to complete the remaining sessions. New sessions of both, plus an added Chronic Pain PATH workshop are now launching for a 100% remote format. All sessions include a pre-workshop orientation to help participants become familiar with the workshop expectations and gain familiarity with the online format.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an interactive workshop designed to help family caregivers take better care of themselves while caring for a family member or friend. This program will give the family caregiver tools to help reduce stress and guilt, communicate effectively, take care of yourself, and much more! This program is not intended for professional caregivers. The session will run on Wednesdays beginning June 17 through July 22, 2020 from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. The Pre-workshop Zoom orientation will be held Wednesday, June 10 at 2:30 p.m.

Chronic Pain PATH is designed for individuals with chronic pain. In this virtual workshop, participants are taught effective tools to better self-manage their condition and its impact on their life. A variety of topics are addressed, including fatigue management, dealing with difficult emotions, and pacing and planning. It also includes the Moving Easy Program: safe exercises to improve strength, flexibility, and endurance. The session will run on Wednesdays beginning June 10 through July 15, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. – 12 noon. The Pre-workshop Zoom orientation will be held Wednesday, June 3 at 10:00 a.m.

Diabetes PATH is designed for people with diabetes or pre-diabetes. The workshop includes diabetes education in an interactive style. Participants are taught effective tools to better self-manage their condition and its impact on their life. The session will run on Mondays beginning July 13 through August 17, 2020 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. The pre-workshop Zoom orientation will be held Monday, July 6 at 1:00 p.m.

From a participant who started a Diabetes PATH workshop in person and completed the workshop remotely: “Given the COVID-19 pandemic, I am impressed at the decision to carry on telephonically. The course content remained valid and the slower pace of working from home proved beneficial to applying the principles discussed. More often than not I found myself mindful of my actions and behaviors which improved my blood sugar levels and fell an average of 25 points.” From a Powerful tools participant who transitioned online, “I can’t imagine making the class any better! The leaders were incredible in their gentle yet real way of presenting and listening. To find ways to continue our class during the pandemic is remarkable. The class was a ‘calm’ in the storm—especially as we went into quarantine.”

Notes TCOA Executive Director Marion Owen, “I have been proud of all of our staff for their hard work and commitment to meeting the needs of our clients and their families. Christine (Histed) has been proactive and is a leader among her peers in helping to restart these workshops because we know how valuable they are to the participants.”

To register, call Tri-County Office on Aging at 517-887-1465. If you have questions about the workshops, please contact Christine Histed, RD, Evidence-based Programs Manager, at 517-887-1450.

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