Wellness & Caregiver Programs

UPCAP offers classes and workshops across the U.P. for disease prevention and management, and general wellness

A Matter of Balance – Managing Concerns about Falls

A Matter of Balance is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. People who develop this fear often limit their activities, which can result in severe physical weakness, making the risk of falling even greater. Many older adults also experience increased isolation and depression when they limit their interactions with family and friends. Participants learn to set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and learn simple exercises to increase strength and balance. The class meets 2 hours once a week for 8 weeks or twice a week for 4 weeks.

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Chronic Pain Self Management

The Chronic Pain Self Management Program is a six-week workshop conducted in 2 1/2 hour sessions in community settings. Topics discussed include: ways to deal with frustration, fatigue, isolation and poor sleep; appropriate exercises for maintaining strength, flexibility and endurance; use of medications; nutrition and communication with friends, family and doctors.

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Creating Confident Caregivers

Creating Confident Caregivers is an evidence based university tested program for family members caring for someone at home experiencing memory loss or other dementia. This six week workshop is held once each week for two hours and respite care may be available for caregivers while they attend. There is no charge for the workshop or materials, and all classes are led by a trained dementia care specialist. This program provides participants with the information, skills and strategies found helpful in managing stress and improving caregiver effectiveness.

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Diabetes Community Education Program

If you have diabetes and Medicare Part B,this workshop may be for you! This program is designed to provide the skills and tools needed to help those living with diabetes to improve their health and manage their symptoms. The goal is that participants will be better equipped to face the daily challenges of living with diabetes.

Diabetes PATH (Personal Action Toward Health)

Diabetes PATH is a six week workshop conducted in 2 1/2 hour sessions in community settings. It focuses on the specific needs of those living with diabetes. Workshop participants will learn techniques to deal with the symptoms of diabetes, fatigue, pain, stress and emotional challenges such as depression, anger, frustration and fear. Participants will also learn strategies for health eating, appropriate exercises to maintain and improve strength and endurance and ways to work more effectively with their doctor. Family members, friends and caregivers are also encouraged to attend the workshop. If you would like more information on the Diabetes PATH Program, please download the Diabetes PATH Educational Flyer under Resources below.

National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP)

The National Diabetes Prevention Program is an evidence based lifestyle change program for people with prediabetes or at high risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.  Program has proven to help people lose weight and prevent or delay onset of Type 2 diabetes by 58%. This is a 12 month program that initially meets weekly and then monthly for the remainder of the period.

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PATH – Personal Action Towards Health

PATH is a six week workshop conducted in 2 1/2 hour sessions in community settings. The program was developed and tested by Stanford University to help people learn the techniques and strategies they need for the day-to-day management of chronic or long term health conditions. PATH is designed to benefit adults with chronic or long term health conditions including arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, emphysema, asthma, bronchitis and depression. Family member, friends, and caregivers are also encouraged to attend the workshop. If you would like more information on the PATH Program, please download the PATH Flyer under Resources below.

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Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Powerful Tools for Caregivers (PTC) was developed as a 6-week educational program designed to help informal family caregivers (no professional caregivers please), better care for themselves while caring for a relative or friend.  Caregivers will benefit from the class whether they are helping a parent, spouse, or friend living at home, in long-term care or across the country.

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REST – Respite Education and Support Tools

REST is an originally designed educational course that provides respite training to adults and teens who want to offer care to those in need and provide assistance to their caregivers.  As a REST companion (volunteer or paid), you give the gift of your time to provide a valuable service. As a REST trained companion/respite provider you will spend one-on-one time with an adult or senior, giving only as much time as you are willing and able to give. The ultimate goal of this training course is to assist individuals to become effective companions and respite workers by learning the three key steps of support:  Prepare, Care and Connect.

REST training is now available in the Escanaba area, brought to you by the U.P. Area Agency on Aging/UPCAP. There is no charge to participants for this one day training or materials provided. In addition, lunch and snacks will be provided.

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Mailing Address: PO Box 606

Escanaba, Michigan 49829


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