Delco’s County Office of Services for the Aging (COSA) is working collaboratively with Surrey Services for Seniors to offer the award-winning, evidence-based program entitled WISE (Wellness Initiative for Senior Education) developed by the New Jersey Prevention Network.
This six-session program covers a wide range of topics, including the aging process, stress management, strategies for healthy living, and medication management. The program uses an interactive approach to help seniors celebrate this exciting stage of life, make healthy lifestyle choices, and feel more confident and in control of their lives.
The program begins on Thursday, Sept. 19 from 12-2 PM at Surrey Services Senior Center, located at 302 South Jackson Street in Media. You must register by contacting the center at 610-566-0505 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recognizing the unique needs and perspective of seniors, the New Jersey Prevention Network developed WISE, a substance abuse prevention and wellness program. The expected outcomes for each lesson are:
Lesson One: Understanding the Changes Associated with Aging
- Better understanding of the facts and myths of aging
- Greater familiarity with the Top 10 causes of death in America
- Enhanced knowledge of what places individuals at risk for premature death and how to avoid these risks
- Heightened awareness of the risk of depression among seniors
Lesson Two: Aging Sensitivity
- Better understanding of the biological changes associated with aging
- Greater insight into our own feelings about aging
- Heightened awareness of the advantages of growing older
Lesson Three: Valuing Cultural and Generational Diversity
- Expanded understanding of the concepts of culture and diversity
- Improved ability to name our own cultural identifications, how they impact our values, and the ways we interact with others
- Better understanding of the diversity of senior citizens and the unique needs of different types of seniors
- Heightened awareness of the assumptions people commonly make about various cultural groups and how they affect social interaction
Lesson Four: Medication and the Older Adult
- Increased awareness of the prevalence of medication use among older adults
- Improved ability to identify the behaviors that lead to medication misuse
- Expanded knowledge of how to manage medication use
- Greater familiarity with drugs commonly used by older adults, typical adverse reactions to drugs, and age-related changes in how drugs are metabolized
- Improved ability to relate critical information to healthcare providers and ask important questions relevant to medication use