The Health &
Wellness Program focuses on health promotion and disease prevention education
and activities for older Pennsylvanians.
The overall goal is to promote optimum health and well-being with a
special focus on health risk screenings, nutrition, chronic conditions, fall
risk, exercise and strengthening to prevent fall-related injury, behavioral
health and medication management.
Wellness programs are offered at various public locations in the community
including in senior community centers, senior housing facilities, churches,
physician offices, rehabilitation hospitals and more.
of the Pennsylvania Department of Aging’s Health & Wellness program is to
promote healthier lifestyles among older Pennsylvanians so there is measureable
improvement in their quality of life and a subsequent reduction in overall
healthcare costs. There are five evidence-based Health & Wellness programs
currently available in Berks County. They are Healthy Steps for Older Adults, Chronic Disease Self-Management,
Diabetes Self-Management, A Matter of Balance and the Arthritis Foundation Walk with Ease
program. In addition, there is an
exercise program, Healthy Steps in Motion, open to the public, which promotes
balance improvement, strengthening and stretching and aerobic activity for