OHAI Classes

Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative is a statewide network focusing on improving the health of older adults from across the state through caregiver training and health promotion education.

Class Listings

Healthy Brain, Healthy Mind

Healthy Brain, Healthy Mind helps older adults understand the many ways they can maintain a healthy brain. Through more than a dozen methods - such as establishing good habits and routines, physical activity and nutrition - participants will learn how to improve their physical and mental health.

  • Class Length: 1 hour per week
  • Course Length: 4 weeks
  • Location: Virtual

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Healthier Choices, Healthier You

Healthier Choices, Healthier You is designed for individuals and caregivers who have chronic health problems. Classes help you deal with issues such as pain, fatigue and inability to sleep. Instructors share activities that will help improve strength, exercise, endurance and safe use of medications. The presentation also will cover ways to communicate effectively with family, friends and health professionals.

  • Class Length: 2.5 hours hour per week
  • Course Length: 6 weeks
  • Location: Virtual

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Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a class series designed to help family caregivers take better care of themselves while caring for a family member or friend. In the six weekly classes, caregivers develop a wealth of self-care tools to reduce stressors, change negative self-talk, communicate their needs to family members and healthcare or service providers, effectively communicate in challenging situations, deal with difficult feelings, and make tough caregiving decisions. Class participants also receive a copy of The Caregiver Help book developed specifically for the training.

  • Class Length: 1.5 hours
  • Course Length: 6 weeks
  • Location: Virtual

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Diabetes and Beyond

The Diabetes and Beyond program provides comprehensive education on how to better manage diabetes. Through this interactive class, you will take control of your health by learning how to help control your diabetes with proper diet, exercise and medication.

  • Class Length: 1.5 hours per week
  • Course Length: 6-8 weeks
  • Location: TBD

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DSMP (Diabetes Self-Management Program)

DSMP is a class for individuals and their caregivers who are dealing with Type 2 diabetes. The class teaches ways to cope with the symptoms of this type of diabetes, including healthy eating and proper use of medication, as well as how to improve strength and endurance. You also will learn better ways to control your diabetes – and through sharing your experiences with classmates, help others solve problems related to the disease.

  • Class Length: 2.5 hours per week
  • Course Length: 6 weeks
  • Location: Virtual

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Eat Better, Move More

The Eat Better, Move More program is for older adults and their caregivers. Instructors will show ways to improve your nutrition, as well as how to find simple, fun ways to introduce movement and exercise into everyday routines. Through this class, older adults will develop a plan that can improve quality of life.

  • Class Length: 1 hour per week
  • Course Length: 12 weeks

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Tai Chi

The movements of Tai Chi help older adults reduce their risk of falling, while also increasing balance and flexibility. Participants learn ways to improve their overall mind, body and spirit through a series of slow, continuous movements. It does not matter how strong, flexible or active you are – Tai Chi is designed for people at all levels of health.

  • Class Length: 1 hour, twice per week
  • Course Length: 12 weeks
  • Location: In-person

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Walk With Ease

The Walk with Ease program is designed for people interested in walking in groups. Sessions begin with a short discussion important to successful walking or arthritis management. Participants will develop an individual walking plan, learn stretching techniques and tips to improve current mobility and endurance. The information and strategies are based on research in arthritis management, exercise science, and behavior change.

  • Class Length: 1 hour
  • Course Length: 12 classes
  • Location: In-person

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Talking With Your Doctor

This interactive workshop teaches caregivers how to communicate more effectively with health care professionals, enabling participants to advocate on behalf of a friend or family member in their care. You will gain information on the benefits and challenges of the medical system, while also learning a team approach to providing overall care.

  • Class Length: 1 hour
  • Course Length: 1 class
  • Location: TBD

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Using Medications Safely

This program is designed to empower older adults to be more active participants in decisions regarding their medications. Through learning about all aspects of medications, these adults can significantly reduce the likelihood of experiencing a drug-related problem.

  • Class Length: 1 hour
  • Course Length: 1 class
  • Location: TBD

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Older Driver Safety

Driving is a connection to our independence. For many older adults, the greatest fear is losing their ability to drive a vehicle. This one hour presentation provides guidance on maintaining your independence to continue driving and also educates older drivers, family members, healthcare providers, and law enforcement officials on laws, medical issues, and safety concerns. Increasing age is not an indicator that you have to stop driving, but a time for assessing and making adjustments. This class can be delivered online via video conference.

  • Class Length: 1 hour
  • Course Length: 1 class
  • Location: TBD

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Staying Active and Independent For Life (SAIL)

Staying Active and Independent for Life (SAIL) is a fitness program for older adults, which can be done sitting or standing. Performing exercise that improves strength, balance and fitness is critical for staying active and reducing the risk of falls. The SAIL program was designed with these principals in mind. Each class includes warm-up, stretching, cardio, balance, and strengthening exercise, as well as a cool down.

  • Class Length: 1 hour, twice per week
  • Course Length: 12 weeks
  • Location: Virtual & In-person

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Eye Ball 101

Eye Ball 101 is a one hour comprehensive overview of eye health and an overview of the four main medical conditions that affect eyesight among older adults. The presentation is designed to benefit all older adults and is delivered without a reliance on heavy medical jargon. Eye Ball 101 is a course that was developed in partnership with the Dean McGee Eye Institute on the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Campus.

  • Class Length: 1 hour
  • Course Length: 1 class
  • Location: TBD

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**Due to the COVID19 pandemic, OHAI is offering a mix of virtual and in-person educational programming at this time, please make sure to check which version your class is before registering. Please follow our Facebook Page as we are doing Tai Chi and SAIL via Facebook Live throughout the week.

We are also offering select programming, such as Tai Chi, SAIL, Powerful Tools for Caregivers, and Healthy Brain, Healthy Mind, via the Zoom videoconferencing platform. Please contact the OHAI office in your region of Oklahoma to register for Zoom videoconference programming.

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