The Alliance for Aging works to effectively address the health challenges of the older adults of Miami-Dade and Monroe counties by providing evidence-based programs that enhance quality of life.
These programs are delivered at community centers, housing complexes and faith-based organizations at no charge to seniors 60 years and older, who either have a chronic disease or are caring for someone with a chronic disease. These programs are made possible through the collaboration of many organizations who contribute to the basic implementation requirements.
Our evidence-based programs have been proven to empower older adults to take control of their health. Workshops are offered in English and Spanish throughout the year:
Living Healthy/Tomando Control de su Salud
Living Healthy was developed by Stanford University. This group-based course, facilitated by trained lay leaders, assists with managing individuals’ chronic conditions during the six weekly sessions. Each session lasts 2.5 hours. Tomando Control de su Salud is a language and cultural adaptation of this program to achieve the same goals.
Participant comment: “Now I have more energy than I’ve had in years. I’m calmer and more confident about my health.”
A Matter of Balance/Un Asunto de Equilibrio
A Matter of Balance was adapted from Boston University Roybal Center by Maine’s Partnership for Healthy Aging. Trained lay coaches teach practical coping strategies to reduce fear of falling and physical activity exercises to diminish the risk of falling for eight sessions, which lasts for two hours. Un Asunto de Equilibrio is a direct Spanish translation of this curriculum.
Participant comment: “I played shuffle yesterday for the first time in five years! This class gave me the confidence to overcome my fear and get on the shuffle court.”
Diabetes Self-Management/Programa de Manejo Personal de la Diabetes
Diabetes Self-Management was developed by Stanford University. This group-based course, facilitated by trained lay leaders, teaches individuals how to manage type 2 diabetes during the six weekly sessions. Each session lasts 2.5 hours. Participants learn techniques to manage their blood glucose (sugar) better, ways to deal with symptoms of diabetes, proper medication use and healthy eating.
Participant comment: “Prior to this workshop, I felt so upset and angry about my diagnosis. I was uncertain about how to care for myself and felt rather hopeless. After completing the course, however, I now feel more in control and confident about my future.”
Aging Mastery Program (AMP)
AMP helps older adults and boomers build their own playbook for aging well. It is a fun, innovative, and person-centered education program that empowers participants to embrace their gift of longevity by spending more time each day doing things that are good for themselves and for others. AMP encourages aging mastery—developing sustainable behaviors across many dimensions that lead to improved health, stronger economic security, enhanced well-being, and increased societal participation.
To learn more about participating in these programs, or to partner with us to bring these programs to your facility, call the Alliance for Aging at 305-670-6500 x 11275.