Wellness & Prevention Programs

The ADRC provides access to many evidence prevention programs through partnerships with local hospitals, clinics, senior centers and fitness centers. The evidence based prevention programs reduce emergency room visits, hospitalizations and overall health care costs.

Contact any of our offices for a listing of evidence based programs in your area.  Visit your local ADRC office to have a conversation with an Information and Assistance Specialist who will provide options on the program that best meets the needs and desires of you or your loved one.      

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Living Well is an evidence-based workshop for people who have one or more chronic conditions.  A chronic condition is an on-going health problem or disease such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, and other long-term problems.  Classes are highly participative, where mutual support and success build participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health condition to maintain active and fulfilling lives.  It is facilitated by two trained leaders in a classroom style, but most of the learning comes from sharing and helping others with similar challenges.
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Diabetes is a chronic, life-long, on-going condition.  While you may see a physician or another health care provider several times a year, most days you are the one who controls your diabetes through monitoring, nutrition, exercise and managing your symptoms.  Healthy living with Diabetes is a researched and proven program designed to help you do that.

Did you know?

  • One of every 12 Americans is affected by diabetes
  • In Wisconsin, there are 475,000 adults with diabetes and 1.45 million adults with pre-diabetes
  • The risk of death among people with diabetes is about twice that of people without diabetes of similar age
  • Diabetes is leading cause of blindness, heart disease and stroke, and amputation of lower extremities
  • Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death nationally
  • Diabetes is a very expensive disease to treat: direct hospital and other medical costs of $4.07 billion and indirect costs (e.g., lost wages) of $2.7 billion (2009 data for Wisconsin)

What is Healthy Living with Diabetes?

This workshop is designed to help adults with type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes learn self-management skills and increase their confidence in managing their diabetes.

The workshop meets once a week for six weeks - 2-1/2 hours each session. 

Healthy Living with Diabetes complements existing treatments a participant receives.

Who should take the workshop?

  • Adults with type 2 diabetes
  • Adults with pre-diabetes
  • Adults living with someone who has diabetes

People who take this workshop:

  • Learn techniques to deal with the symptoms of diabetes
  • Learn about appropriate exercise, use of medication and healthy eating strategies
  • Report improved health, health behavior, and a sense of confidence in managing their diabetes
  • Show improvements in blood sugar levels and a decrease in health distress and hypo- and hyperglycemia
  • Feel more confident in their ability to communicate with physicians
  • Have fewer doctor and emergency room visits and fewer hospitalizations

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Stepping On is a program proven to reduce falls and build confidence in older people.  Participants gain specific knowledge and skills to prevent falls in community settings.  It is designed specifically for people who are:

  • at risk of falling
  • have a fear of falling
  • have fallen one or more times

Workshops are facilitated by trained leaders and provide a safe and positive learning experience. 

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Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an evidence-based education program offering a unique combination of elements.  The scripted curriculum and the intricately detailed training material, have guaranteed its consistency and quality.  The program utilizes a train-the-trainer method of outreach.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a program you can count on to make a positive difference in your life, and the life of your loved one.

The 6-week scripted curriculum has been shown to improve:

  • Self-Care Behaviors: (e.g. increased exercise, relaxation and medical check-ups)
  • Management of Emotions: (reduced guilt, anger, and depression)
  • Self-Efficacy: (increased confidence in coping with caregiving demands)
  • Use of Community Resources: (increased utilization of local services)