Mid-Carolina partners with community agencies to provide evidence-based health promotion programs in order to ensure healthier lives, caring communities, and a sense of independence in our region’s older adults.
Click here for the Aging events calendar to see when Bingocize is being offered.
Bingocize® is an evidence-based 10-week program that combines the game of bingo with fall prevention, exercise, and nutrition. The unique addition of bingo addresses many of the barriers to older adults’ participation because the game is fun, familiar, and done in a group setting. The program has been shown to increase older adults’ functional fitness, health knowledge, and social engagement in a variety of settings. A mobile app version is also available.
The overall goals of the program are to help older adults:
- Improve and/or maintain mobility and independence
- Learn and use health information focused on falls reduction and other health-related behaviors
- Engage older adults in social settings
Length/Timeframe of Program
- Participants play Bingocize® for one hour 2 times per week for 10 weeks OR
- The program can be even more beneficial if played on an ongoing basis.
Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention
Click here for the Aging events calendar to see when Tai Chi is being offered.
Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention is a program specially designed by Dr. Paul Lam in conjunction with his Tai Chi associates and a team of medical experts. Based on the Sun Style Tai Chi, it is easy to learn, effective and safe. It improves flexibility, muscle strength and integrates the mind and body.
Tai Chi originates from ancient China. It is currently practiced throughout the world to improve health and well-being. Tai Chi consists of fluid, gentle movements that are relaxed and slow in tempo. Breathing is deepened and slowed, aiding visual and mental concentration. Tai Chi for Arthritis can be practiced almost anywhere and is a suitable form of exercise for just about anyone. Several studies have shown this program to relieve pain and improve physical ability and well-being. Other studies have also shown Tai Chi to improve fitness, high blood pressure, muscular strength and flexibility. Tai Chi for Arthritis improves balance and reduces the risk of falling.
Classes meet for one hour twice a week for 10 weeks.
A Matter of Balance
Click here for the Aging events calendar to see when A Matter of Balance is being offered.
A Matter of Balance is an award-winning program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels of older adults who have concerns about falls.
Classes help participants learn to:
- View falls and fear of falling as controllable
- Set realistic goals for increasing activity
- Change their environment to reduce fall risk factors
- Promote exercise to increase strength and balance
Designed to benefit 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-solv
Contact Lashanda Gough, Mid-Carolina Team Member, with questions for additional information about our health promotion programs or the Mid-Carolina Senior Games. You may call her at (910) 323-4191, ext. 40, or click here to email her.