There are many health observances in the month of September, two of them include Healthy Aging Month and National Cholesterol Education Month. As individuals age, it is important to maintain good health and overall well-being. Check out these free resources from local hospitals that are specifically designed for the aging & senior population (eligibility criteria may apply):
Suburban Hospital HeartWell Program:
Description: HeartWell is a nationally recognized program helping senior citizens maintain their health and independence. Appropriate for adults ages 55 and over who have a diagnosis of cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, or other chronic illnesses. Through this approach, participants discover how to reduce the frequency of hospitalizations while maintaining a high level of independent functioning. The HeartWell Clinics focus on preventive guidelines, symptom recognition and management, medication, diet, and lifestyle enhancements, as well as providing nursing consultations from Suburban Hospital RN’s on blood pressure monitoring and individual health education. Free! For more information, call 301.896.6507.
Locations and Dates:
City of Gaithersburg Senior Center, 80 Bureau Drive, Gaithersburg MD: Tuesdays | 9 am - 2 pm
Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Drive, Wheaton MD:
Tuesdays | 9 am - 12 pm
Wednesdays and Thursdays | 9 am - 3 pm
Long Branch Community Center, 8700 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring MD:
1st Thursday of each month | 10 am - 2 pm
Margaret Schweinhaut Center, 1000 Forest Glen Road, Silver Spring MD:
Wednesdays | 10 am - 2:00 pm
For more information on HeartWell, click here.
Holy Cross Hospital Senior Fit Program
Description: Senior Fit is a 45-minute exercise program for adults age 55 and older that focuses on upper- and lower-body strength, balance, agility and cardiovascular fitness. Offered at 20 locations in partnership with Kaiser Permanente. You may enroll at any time.
For more information call 301-754-8800 or visit their classes & events website.
Holy Cross Hospital Better Bones Class
Description: Better Bones is an osteoporosis prevention and management exercise class that focuses on maintaining bone density while improving strength, flexibility, and balance. Some exercises are done seated. For adults ages 55 and older. You may enroll at any time.
For more information visit their classes & events website.