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Area Agency on Aging Health Classes for Older Adults

The North Central Texas Area Agency on Aging is a proud sponsor of A Matter of Balance, Chronic Disease Self-Management, and Diabetes Self-Management programs. All classes are offered free of charge to participants of all ages.

A Matter of BalanceA Matter of Balance

This eight-week class helps participants reduce their risk of falling. A Matter of Balance emphasizes practical strategies to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels.

Participants learn to view falls and fear of falling as controllable, set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and exercise to increase strength and balance. This program has been adapted from the original intervention to be more suitable for community-dwelling older adults by allowing small group sessions to be led by a trained facilitator.

For more information, contact Laura Wolfe at 972-978-1371 or Kim Mathis at 940-999-1024.


Chronic Disease Self-ManagementChronic Disease Self-Management

Self-management programs provide older adults with education and tools they need to help them cope with chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, or arthritis.

The programs help participants manage stress, discuss the benefits of physical activity and good nutrition, and help participants communicate more effectively with health care providers. Participants develop action plans related to these topics through structured planning and feedback exercises. Since older adults disproportionately experience chronic diseases, the U.S. Administration on Aging supports the dissemination of self-management programs for chronic diseases.

The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program was developed at Stanford University. Results have shown that seniors who participate in the program improved their healthful behaviors and decrease their days in the hospital. Each program consists of six classes, held once a week, for 2½ hours.


Diabetes Self-Management

The Stanford University Diabetes Self-Management Program consists of six 2½-hour workshops, led by health coaches who have successfully managed diabetes. Workshop topics include techniques to deal with the symptoms of diabetes; exercise for maintaining and improving strength and endurance; healthy eating; appropriate use of medication; and working more effectively with health care providers.

To find out more about Diabetes Self-Management classes, contact Kim Mathis at 940-999-1024 or Laura Wolfe at 972-978-1371.


To find out more about the North Central Texas Area Agency on Aging's health classes, contact Laura Wolfe at 972-978-1371 or Kim Mathis at 940-999-1024.



Contact Information
Doni Green, Director of Aging
Phone: 1-800-272-3921 | Fax: 817-695-9274

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