Many chronic conditions are preventable, treatable or manageable. Working with the Executive Office of Elder Affairs, the Massachusetts Councils on Aging and other community-based organizations, the Healthy Aging and Disability Unit  brings workshops, training sessions and other health promotion activities to Massachusettsresidents. Activities empower participants to take charge of their health by focusing on life style changes that promote health and prevent injury.

My Life, My Health: Chronic Disease Self-management Program

My Life, My Health is a workshop that runs once a week, for six weeks, for two and a half hours each week. People with chronic health problems and those who care for people with chronic conditions attend six consecutive weekly sessions.

A Matter of Balance: Falls Prevention

Many older adults restrict their activities because they are concerned about falling. A Matter of Balance is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. The program includes eight two-hour classes.

Healthy Eating for Successful Living in Older Adults

Healthy Eating is for older adults who want to learn more about nutrition and physical activity for improved health. This six-week program focuses on heart and bone healthy nutrition strategies to help maintain or improve participants' wellness and independence and prevent chronic disease development or progression.

Keep Moving Walking Clubs

Keep Moving, a network of over 150 local walking clubs all over Massachusetts, promotes physical activity and socialization for persons over the age of 50. Keep Moving clubs keep older adults on their feet from Adams to Yarmouth, from Agawam to Winthrop, and in a community near you. Join a Keep Moving club in your community. If there is not a club in your town, it's easy to start one.

Contact Information

For information about master training and professional development:

Bridget Landers
Director Heathy Aging and Disability Unit
Phone: 617-624-5540
TTY: 617-624-5992
Website: Healthy Aging and Disability Unit

This information is provided by the within the Department of Public Health.