Health & Wellness

Good health is a key component of aging well, and there are many free community-based programs to help seniors improve their health.

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PCA is offering free remote health and wellness programs during COVID-19

PCA’s Health Promotion Unit is now offering FREE remote health and wellness programs to manage chronic health conditions and improve physical activity! See descriptions and details for each six-week program below. If you’re interested in learning more, or ready to register, please contact Lauren Jirinec, PCA’s Health Promotion Specialist at 215-765-9000, ext. 5119 or

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program – Zoom Based

Wednesdays – April 14, 21, 28, and May 5, 12, & 19
Time: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (via Zoom)

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In the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, participants with chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, asthma, heart disease, and diabetes will learn new ways to take charge of their health and learn tips to manage pain, depression, and overcome physical limitations.

Diabetes Self-Management Program – Zoom Based

Thursdays – April 29, May 6, 13, 20 and 27, & June 3
Time: 10 a.m. to 12:30p.m.

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In the Diabetes Self-Management Program, participants will learn about making a healthy eating plan, managing blood sugar levels, balancing eating, physical activity and medications to prevent problems as well as managing diabetic-specific problems.

Chronic Pain Self-Management Program – Phone Based

Workshop dates: May 4, 11, 18, 25, and June 1 & 8
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11 a.m. (1-hour abbreviated program)

In the Chronic Pain Self-Management Program, participants will learn tips and strategies to take charge of their chronic pain, deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, isolation, and poor sleep, and learn how to become more involved in everyday activities.

Walk With Ease

The Arthritis Foundation’s Walk With Ease (WWE) program is an evidence-based, six-week program. This walking program is designed to reduce arthritis pain, increase balance and strength, and improve overall health. Through a partnership with Osteoarthritis Action Alliance (OAA), the Arthritis Foundation WWE program offers a self-directed format for participants to use independently and work at their own pace.

Participants will use the registration portal on the OAA’s website (see link below) to complete a brief baseline survey and receive a FREE copy of the WWE guidebook.

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For questions, contact Shelly Beard-Health Promotion Specialist, at PCA: 215-765-9000 ext. 5118.

* This program is supported by Philadelphia Corporation for Aging through Title IIID funds received from the Pennsylvania Department of Aging. This program was originally developed at Stanford University and is now owned by Self-Management Resource Center, Inc. 

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