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“I enjoy doing exercise every morning; it makes me feel invigorated.” 

Paulina Kosser
96 years young participant in the Enhance Fitness program offered at Jewish Community Services’ Miami Beach Senior Center



Qualified nonprofit health organizations that applied received funding in the fall of 2008 are on their way to making a meaningful impact in the lives of older adults in South Florida through offering classes in the following evidence-based program areas:

  • Chronic Disease Self-Management:  Geared toward enabling older adults to build self-confidence and assume a major role in maintaining their health and managing their chronic health conditions.  Read more


 Click on your county to find a program near you. BrowardMiami-DadeMonroe.


Chronic Disease Self-Management: 

For most of her adult life, Doris didn’t worry much about her health. Then at 67, she was diagnosed with diabetes and high blood pressure. She tried to follow her doctor’s advice to take her medications, exercise, and eat better. But often she was tired and even a little depressed. “I figured it was just part of getting older,” she recalls.

Then a friend told Doris about the Living Healthy Workshop—six weekly sessions held at a nearby community center.   Developed at Stanford University, the Workshop has been offered at hundreds of locations throughout the United States and is now offered in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.  It helps participants with ongoing health conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, anxiety, heart disease, and others to:

  • Find better ways of dealing with pain and fatigue
  • Discover easy exercises to help improve or maintain strength and energy
  • Learn the appropriate use of medications
  • Improve nutrition
  • Talk effectively with family, friends and health professionals
  • Understand new treatment choices
  • Feel better about life

One of the participants writes: “I now have a new sense of being in control; the Workshop has really helped me put life back in my life.”

Taught by specially trained leaders, some who have health conditions themselves, the program covers a new topic each week and provides opportunities for interaction and group problem solving.  “Living Healthy leaders are really more like coaches,” says one of the leaders at a local senior center.  “The answer to someone’s question is usually in the room.”

Living Healthy workshops, also known in Spanish as Tomando Control de su Salud, are offered by HARC Program Network Members. They are listed under the About the Collaborative tab on the home page of this site.

To learn how to replicate this program in your community, please contact Eliane Morales at emorales@hfsf.org

For more information on the Stanford University Chronic Disease Self Management programs visit http://patienteducation.stanford.edu/





Enhance Fitness:

You can recognize an EnhanceFitness class by the relaxed atmosphere and the laughter in the room. A full hour of fun, dynamic cardiovascular exercise, strength training, and stretching make EnhanceFitness the premier fitness choice for older adults.
Based on solid research and tested at over 100 sites around the country, EnhanceFitness focuses on stretching, flexibility, balance, low impact aerobics, and strength training exercises — everything health professionals say we need to maintain health and function as we grow older.
In a typical class, here's what you'll experience:

  • Ten to 25 people close to your own level of fitness
  • A certified instructor with special training in bringing out the physical best from older adults
  • A 5-minute warm-up to get the blood flowing to your muscles
  • A 20-minute aerobics workout that gets you moving or a walking workout to lively music you and your classmates choose
  • A 5-minute cool-down
  • A 20-minute strength training workout with soft ankle and wrist weights (0 up to 20 pounds)
  • A 10-minute stretch to keep your muscles flexible
  • Balance exercises throughout the class
  • Lots of opportunities to make new friends and acquaintances

When you join an EnhanceFitness class, you won't need any special or expensive equipment. Your certified instructor who has undergone special training in fitness for older adults will lead you through an hour of dynamic exercises at a pace that's right for you.
You can follow your progress with fitness checks completed at the time you enroll and again at 4 months.
Over 99% of participants say they would recommend EnhanceFitness to a friend. Why? The class is proven to:

  • Increase your strength. People who regularly attend class grow stronger, improve their balance, and become more limber.
  • Boost your activity levels. Even the unfit quickly find themselves able to do the things they want to do safely and independently.
  • Elevate your mood. Research shows that exercise can help prevent depression, and EnhanceFitness participants say they feel better physically and emotionally.

EnhanceFitness classes are offered by HARC Program Network Members. They are listed under the About the Collaborative tab on the home page of this Web site.

To learn how to replicate this program in your community, please contact Eliane Morales at emorales@hfsf.org

For more information on EnhanceFitness visit http://www.projectenhance.org/




Matter of Balance:

A Matter of Balance is a program specifically designed to reduce fear of falling, stop the fear of falling cycle, and increase activity levels among community-dwelling older adults (physical inactivity is cited as a significant risk for falls and fall-related injuries in older adults).  As described by the Roybal Center, “[A Matter of Balance] is a comprehensive approach to maximizing activity engagement and function and reducing fall risks.”
(Tennstedt, S., et al, 1998).

The program is designed for small groups of older adults living independently in community settings or senior housing. A trained coach conducts the classes using an extensively detailed training manual and two instruction videos. The program focuses on practical coping strategies to reduce both the fear of falling and the risk of falling. A variety of activities address physical, social, and cognitive factors affecting fear of falling.

Early sessions focus on changing attitudes and self-efficacy before attempting changes in actual behavior. Later sessions introduce exercises to improve balance and strength. Strategies to reduce the fear of falling include:

• Promoting a view of falls and fear of falling as controllable;
• Setting realistic goals for increasing activity;
• Changing the environment to reduce fall risk factors; and
• Promoting exercise to increase strength and balance.

The program is designed to benefit community-dwelling older adults who:

  • Are concerned about falls
  • Have sustained a fall in the past
  • Restrict activities because of concerns about falling
  • Are interested in improving flexibility, balance and strength
  • Are age 60 or older, ambulatory and able to problem-solve

The program is also available in Spanish under the title “Un Asunto de Equilibrio”

Matter of Balance and Un Asunto de Equilibrio classes are offered by HARC Program Network Members.  They are listed under the About the Collaborative tab of this Web site.

To learn how to replicate this program in your community, please contact Eliane Morales at emorales@hfsf.org

For more information on Matter of Balance visit www.mainehealth.org/pfha





Healthy IDEAS for a Better Life:

Healthy IDEAS is an evidence-based program that brings together community service providers, the mental/behavioral health community and healthcare practitioners to provide a low-cost, practical way for addressing depression among older adults.

Healthy IDEAS can be flexibly integrated into the regular routines of existing staff.   Special training and detailed tools to deliver the program are available at minimal cost.  Healthy IDEAS can be used with older adults of any age, race or economic status.

Healthy IDEAS is a national model with measurable results and demonstrated benefits for older adults, service providers and community mental/behavioral health practitioners.

For older adults:

  • Fewer symptoms of depression
  • Decreased physical pain
  • Better ability to recognize and self-treat symptoms
  • Improved well-being through achievement of personal goals

For service providers:

  • Expanded capacity to address depression
  • Better communication and stronger partnerships with mental health providers
  • Opportunity to deliver a proven, successful program that address critical client needs
  • Improved staff knowledge and confidence in helping clients

Healthy IDEAS is offered by HARC Program Network members.  They are listed under the About the Collaborative tab of this Web site.

To learn how to replicate this program in your community, please contact Eliane Morales at emorales@hfsf.org

For more information on Healthy IDEAS visit www.careforelders.org/healthyideas