Evidence-Based Workshops

The Center has the capacity to provide trained facilitators/instructors for evidence-based workshops to organizations, community groups, hospital and clinic settings, as well as assisted living facilities on a fee for service basis.  These programs are proven to produce positive outcomes through rigorous research and extensive real-world testing.  They bridge the gap between theory and practice, translating research into programs that make positive change in people’s lives.

Living Well with Chronic Conditions

Are you an adult with an ongoing health condition or a caregiver for someone with an ongoing health condition?  This program, developed by Stanford University, will provide the support needed to find practical ways to deal with pain and fatigue, discover better nutrition and exercise choices, understand new treatment choices, and learn better ways to talk with your doctor and family about your health. Better Choices Better Health workshop is:

  • 2 ½-hour Living Well workshops, held each week for six weeks.
  • The opportunity to learn from trained volunteer leaders with chronic health conditions themselves.
  • Aimed at setting your own goals and a step-by-step plan to improve your health—and your life.

A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls MOB logo

Have you turned down a chance to go out with family or friends because you were concerned about falling?  Fear of falling can be just as dangerous as falling itself. People who develop this fear often limit their activities, which can result in severe physical weakness, making the risk of falling even greater. Many older adults also experience increased isolation and depression when they limit their interactions with family and friends. Developed by Boston University and Maine Health’s Partnership for Healthy Aging, A Matter of Balance is:

  • A 2 hour workshop, held each week for eight weeks.
  • Designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults.
  • Participants learn to set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and learn simple exercises to increase strength and balance.

Powerful Tools for CaregiversPTC logo

Powerful Tools for Caregivers (PTC) provides caregivers with a wealth of self-care tools to help take care of themselves while caring for a loved one.  Participants learn to communicate their needs to family members and healthcare/service providers; identify and reduce stress; communicate more effectively in challenging situations; recognize the messages in their emotions; deal with difficult feelings; and make tough caregiving decisions. Class participants receive a copy of The Caregiver Help-book, developed specifically for the class and set personal goals to increase self-care and improve their health and well-being. Based on the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program developed at Stanford University, PTC workshop is:

  • A 2 hour workshop, held each week for six weeks.
  • Shown to have a positive impact on caregiver health for a diverse group of caregivers including ethnic minorities, adult children of aging parents, spouses and partners.
  • For individuals at differing stages in their caregiving role, living situations, financial and educational backgrounds.

Paths to Faithful Caregiving  

Paths to Faithful Caregiving is a unique caregiver education workshop in that it gives participants a chance to think about how their faith impacts and is impacted by their caregiving. The faith-based caregiving curriculum increases participants’ confidence in their ability to manage caregiving tasks and challenges, drawing on their spirituality for strength. The workshop is broken into 5 separate 2-hour modules: Mixed Emotions and Grief and Loss Issues; Relationships in Caregiving; Speak Clearly, Listen Clearly; Caregivers Need Care too; and Maneuvering through the Social Service Maze. The workshop can be given as a series of all five modules or one at a time (for example, a support group discussion). In short, this workshop is:

  • Five individual 2-hour workshops.
  • Designed to provide practical information that incorporates faith-based exercises, goal-setting, meditation and relaxation activities.
  • An opportunity to learn from other caregivers in a supportive environment.

Healthy Moves for Aging WellPIC Foundation logo

Developed and tested by Partners in Care Foundation, Healthy Moves for Aging Well is a National Council on Aging-approved model health program. The program begins with an initial home visit by a trained professional who assesses the individual’s level of readiness, reviews recommended exercises, and helps the individual establish goals. A volunteer motivational coach then contacts the client weekly via telephone to monitor progress and provide support and encouragement. Healthy Moves for Aging Well is:

  • A 12-week in-home intervention
  • Designed to enhance the activity level of frail, high-risk sedentary seniors living at home
  • Designed to assess and improve individual abilities in three areas-flexibility, strength and endurance.
  • Offers social support in setting goals and monitoring changes in physical activity in frail adults.

Diabetes Self-ManagementBCBH Logo

This workshop for individuals with type 2 diabetes provides helpful techniques on how to deal with the common symptoms of fatigue, pain, stress and frustration through education on appropriate exercise aimed at maintaining and improving strength and endurance. Additional topics covered include healthy eating, appropriate use of medication and strategies for working more effectively with health care providers. Participants make weekly action plans, share experiences, and provide mutual support. Developed by Stanford University, this workshop is:

  • 2 ½-hour Self-Management workshop held each week for six weeks.
  • An opportunity to learn from trained volunteers and participants living with diabetes themselves.
  • Aimed at setting your own goals and a step-by-step plan to improve your health—and your life.

Tai Ji Quan:  Moving for Better Balance  

The most exercise-focused of our evidence-based programs, this workshop aims to help older adults improve their balance and reduce the likelihood of falling through the practice of Tai Ji. All of the movements are slow and smooth, and can be done either standing or seated to accomodate participants of all ability levels. Eight forms of Yang style Tai Ji will be taught throughout the workshops and all help participants increase strength, flexibility, body alignment and balance. Tai Ji has also been shown to have numerous mental benefits including lower levels of stress and anxiety, better mood, decreased risk of depression and better sleep. Developed by Dr. Fuzhong Li at the Oregon Research Institute, Tai Ji Quan:  Moving for Better Balance is:

  • A 1 hour workshop, held twice a week for 12 weeks.
  • Designed to improve balance and prevent falls in participants of various ability levels.
  • Based largely on exercise with no “classroom” or discussion component


For information on these programs, contact Jennifer Monroe at 952-977-9373, or e-mail her at jmonroe@normandalecenter.org.

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