Wellness Education

You want to lead an active lifestyle. You work and/or volunteer your time and talents to help others. In your free time, you enjoy activities while spending time with family and friends. 

Sometimes you want the latest information to remain active. As part of our community benefits programming, our health professionals provide many educational opportunities on topics such as aging, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, maximizing independence, falls prevention, advance care planning, and caregiving. 

Education

"A Matter of Balance"

“A Matter of Balance” helps adults view falls and the fear of falling as controllable, change the environment to reduce fall risk factors, and exercise to increase strength and balance. “A Matter of Balance” is an evidence-based, eight-week program also offered by healthcare organizations nationwide and has proven positive results.

Read what past participants had to say about "A Matter of Balance"

“The program re-emphasized things and made me think about what I was doing,” said “A Matter of Balance participant. The biggest thing was to not be in a hurry. Take my time and people will understand. 

“Jen was fantastic as an instructor,” said “A Matter of Balance” participant. “She made you think and just didn’t feed you the information. I’m a people person and getting to speak with other participants was extremely beneficial. Many were going through the same type of problems.”

There is no fee for this program. Underwriting is generously provided by Concord Orthopaedics.

A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls/Volunteer Lay Leader Model © 2006. This program is based on “Fear of Falling: A Matter of Balance” Copyright © 1995 Trustees of Boston University: All rights reserved. Used and adapted by permission of Boston University.

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Better Choices, Better Health™

Better Choices, Better Health™ helps adults living with chronic health conditions feel better, regain control of their health, and start doing the things they want to do. Better Choices, Better Health™ is an evidence-based, six-week program also offered by healthcare organizations nationwide and has proven positive results.

Read what past participants had to say about Better Choices, Better Health™

“Chronic health conditions have affected my life for the past 19 plus years,” said a Better Choices, Better Health™ participant. “This program offered me a non-judgmental, positive approach to take control of my health and my life. By incorporating action plans, meditation, exercise, and group support (in addition to many other helpful techniques), I have improved not only my outlook, but also my ability to restart after a setback. Thanks to this course, professionally administered by Jen B and Keliane T, I have acquired new hope and confidence.”

There is no fee for this program and pre-registration is required. Underwriting is generously provided by Dartmouth-Hitchcock Concord

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"Powerful Tools for Caregivers"

“Powerful Tools for Caregivers” gives family caregivers the tools to help reduce stress, improve confidence, establish life balance, communicate needs, make difficult decisions, and locate helpful resources. “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” is an evidence-based, six-week program also offered by healthcare organizations nationwide and has proven positive results.

Read what past participants had to say about "Powerful Tools for Caregivers"

“I have learned a lot in this class,” said a “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” participant. I know have many more "tools" in my tool box that I can use to not only help my care recipient but me as well. The lessons on stress management and dealing with anger and depression were very helpful.”

There is no fee to attend this program. 

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Advanced Illness Management Support with Community Health Educator

Our agency offers patients with complex care needs support from a community health educator. A community health educator helps patients make action plans toward lifestyle and behavior changes to meet their personal goals and improve their quality of life by reducing unnecessary hospitalizations.

The community health educator’s role includes:
- Providing extra attention to patients
- Assisting patients with improving their self-management skills
- Helping patients advocate for themselves
- Promoting behavior changes
- Encouraging participation and follow-up
- Instilling problem-solving skills
- Reinforcing chronic condition education

Aging Mastery Program®

The Aging Mastery Program® engages older adults in a fun and innovative way that empowers them to embrace their longevity and address their physical, financial, and emotional wellness. The Aging Mastery Program® is a 10-week nationwide program from the National Council on Aging that includes 10, 90-minute classes.

This program benefits older adults who want to:
- Improve health
- Strengthen economic security
- Enhance well-being
- Increase societal participation

The art of aging gracefully has changed. Traditional retirement plans are disappearing, the cost of daily living continues to rise, and nearly all people aged 65+ live with at least one chronic condition. This program uses a proven model of behavior change incentives with a primary emphasis on getting older adults to improve their lives. 

There is no fee to attend this program. Underwriting is generously provided by Northeast Delta Dental.

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"Baby's First Homecoming" Visits

“Baby’s First Homecoming” Visits are offered to new mothers and their babies who are discharged from Concord Hospital. The visits include a comprehensive newborn and maternal assessment with education regarding care of the newborn and postpartum care.

Specific help is offered in:
- Breastfeeding
- Bottle feeding
- Understanding and treatment of jaundice
- Understanding care of circumcision
- Understanding umbilical care
- When to call the physician

Monthly Capital Area Memory Cafés

Third Wednesday of each month, 2 - 4 p.m.

Granite Ledges of Concord
151 Langley Parkway, Concord

Come socialize and build relationships with others who have memory impairment. You can speak with professionals and learn more about resources while your loved one is engaged in meaningful and supervised activities in a relaxed home-like environment.

This program is a collaboration of Concord Hospital, Concord Regional VNA, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Concord, and Granite Ledges of Concord. Underwriting is generously provided by Merrimack County Savings Bank.

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Monthly Walk-In Wednesdays

Fourth Wednesday of each month, 10 a.m. - Noon

Horseshoe Pond Place 
26 Commercial Street, Concord

Have your questions answered about caregiver resources, advance directives, durable power of attorneys for healthcare and/or living will, and in-home support. There is no fee for this program and pre-registration is not required.

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Dying to Talk Cafes

Join experienced facilitators for coffee, tea, and a relaxed, open-minded discussion about any number of topics related to the certainty of death and dying. 

There is no fee for this program and pre-registration is not required. Underwriting is generously provided by Dignity Memorial.

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Penacook Village Fund

Through the Penacook Village Fund, our agency connects older adults with local and state resources to help them live independently in their own homes.

The program is for residents of Penacook and Boscawen* who are:
- Ages 65 and older
- Living independently
- Not currently on Medicaid

A social worker meets with residents in person or by phone to provide connections to:
- Housing
- Transportation
- Respite help through grant support
- Caregiver resources

*Please note that due to the donor’s wishes, we can only provide these services to Penacook and Boscawen residents.