Wellness & Safety

Milestones provides evidence-based programming for healthy aging.

These programs offer proven strategies to promote health, better manage and possibly even prevent disease among older adults, and reduce the risk of falling. With an emphasis on self-management education and physical activity, these programs are effective, convenient, affordable options for helping people improve the quality of their lives. Milestones provides these workshops on an on-going basis. Call to find out when and where.

A Matter of Balance (MOB)

is specifically designed to diminish the risk of falling, stop the fear of falling cycle, and improve activity levels among community-dwelling older adults.  The program includes:

• 8 two-hour classes with trained coaches
• Detailed curriculum
• Two instructional videos
• Group discussions
• Mutual problem solving
• Exercises to improve balance skills, coordination, flexibility, and strength
• Home safety evaluation

Registration is required; minimum class size is 8 but limited to 12 participants.

This award winning, structured group intervention was developed  in 1995 by Boston University and Maine Health’s  Partnership for Healthy Aging, which holds the North America license for the program.

Tai Chi for Arthritis & Fall Prevention (TCA)

consists of slow, fluid movements that improve balance, reduce pain, increase muscle strength, and enhance functional mobility to reduce the risk of falling and is basedTwo black women practicing Tai Chi on Sun style Tai Chi.

• 12 basic movements
• Warm-up and cool-down
• Class meets 1 hour for 16 sessions total
• Home practice

The program is lead by a trained instructor,  certified by the Tai Chi for Health Institute and meets additional criteria from the Iowa Department of Public Health. Registration is required; minimum class size is 10 but limited to 20 participants. A fee is charged.

The program was designed by Dr. Paul Lam, with a team of medical experts and Tai Chi masters, and endorsed by the Arthritis Foundation as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Better Choices Better Health

helps participants manage many types of ongoing health conditions, improving skills to effectively manage health and medications, and increase physical activityGroup of students levels. Better Choices Better Health teaches self-managed lifestyle changes and coping strategies for diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, or chronic pain.

• 6-week workshop with trained leaders
• Once a week for 2 ½ hours
• Emphasis on problem solving, decision making, and action planning.

The program was originally developed at Stanford University Patient Education Research Center as a collaborative research project between Stanford and the Northern California Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program. It is also known as the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, offered in Iowa as Better Choices Better Health.