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What are Age Well Community Programs?

In partnership with local communities, the Piedmont Triad Regional Council Area Agency on Aging offers a wide selection of health promotion programming. These programs assist older adults, individuals with disabilities and their caregivers in maintaining healthy lifestyles, identifying health problems, and offering effective interventions to address these problems. These programs are the heart of the Age Well Programs. 

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For more information and questions, please contact the Program Coordinator at agewell@ptrc.org or 336-904-0300. 

Program Descriptions

Living Healthy Series developed by Stanford University

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    Living Healthy with Chronic Conditions, Living Healthy with Diabetes and Living Healthy with Chronic Pain are three workshops that focus on promoting self-management, offering opportunities for socialization and personal motivation for living healthier for older adults.
  • The workshops are provided for two and a half hours, once a week, for six weeks, in community settings such as senior centers, churches, libraries, and hospitals.
  • Workshops are facilitated by two trained leaders, one or both of whom are non-health professionals with chronic diseases themselves.
    • Topics Include: 1) techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation, 2) appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance, 3) appropriate use of medications, 4) communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals, 5) nutrition, 6) decision making, and, 7) how to evaluate new treatments.
  • Classes are highly interactive, where mutual support and success build the participants' confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives.

 Fall Prevention Workshops

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Many older adults experience a fear of falling. People who develop this fear often limit their activities, which can result in physical weakness, making the risk of falling even greater. In fact, 1/3 to 1/2 of older adults acknowledge the fear of falling.

A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls
  • A program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults.
  • A Matter of Balance includes eight two-hour sessions for a small group led by a trained facilitator. This nationally recognized program was developed at the Royal Center at Boston University.
  • During the class, participants learn to 1) View falls as controllable, 2) set goals for increasing activity, 3) make changes to reduce fall risk at home, and 4) exercise to increase strength and balance.
Tai Chi for Arthritis
  • Twenty one-hour classes held in community settings like senior centers, libraries, churches, and hospitals.
  • Tai Chi is composed of slow, continuous whole body movements strung together in a form
    • It has shown to improve balance, flexibility, confidence and muscular strength

Sites must already have an instructor trained to implement Tai Chi for Arthritis. 

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    Volunteer Opportunities

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    Are you interested in the health and wellness of older adults?

    Looking for an opportunity to give back to your community?

    Then, volunteer as a leader for the Age Well Community Programs.

    Our programs rely on the hard work of our volunteers in order to provide evidence-based, quality health education in our communities. No previous teaching or healthcare experience is required. Volunteers will need to attend a training, hosted by PTRC, to lead workshops. A small honorarium is available to eligible volunteers for facilitating workshops.


    If you would like to become a volunteer, please contact the Program Coordinator at, 336-904-0300, agewell@ptrc.org to learn about upcoming training opportunities.