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 below for information on these remote programs.

Common Threads: Diabetes Self-Management Workshop

This six-week virtual diabetes self-management workshop is FREE for those age 60 and older. Participants will learn how to self-manage their diabetes with a focus on:

  • Making a healthy eating plan
  • Managing blood sugar levels
  • Balancing eating, physical activity and medications

    To register, contact Health Promotion Specialist Lauren Jirinec at 215-765-9000, ext. 5119 or To learn more, click here.

    Chronic Disease Self-Management Program – Help Yourself to Health

    The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program offers a free remote health and wellness workshop for older adults (60+) called Help Yourself to Health*.

    This evidence based program is geared to empower older adults to effectively manage their health conditions including (but not limited to) diabetes, asthma, heart disease, and high blood pressure.

    Participants will learn how to take charge of their conditions and any associated symptoms, such as managing pain, depression and overcoming physical limitations. Program materials will be offered in English and Spanish. This is a unique opportunity for seniors to stay connected and gain a wealth of information – all from the comfort of home!

    If interested, please contact Lauren Jirinec at (215) 765-9000, ext. 5119 or Stephen Merrill at (215)765-9000, ext. 5123.

    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.

    To begin your walking journey today, click here >>

    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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