Wellness & Safety
Better Choices Better Health
Better Choices, Better Health (also known as the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program) helps adults manage the symptoms of chronic diseases, such as arthritis, heart disease, stroke, asthma, lung disease, diabetes, diabetes, osteoporosis, and other chronic conditions. This evidence-based program, developed by Stanford University, is held weekly for 2 ½ hours for six weeks at community-based locations in participating counties.
The workshop sessions are taught by trained leaders in the community; many of whom also have chronic conditions. This creates an environment of mutual support, which builds participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and lead active lives.
- Techniques to deal with isolation, frustration, fatigue, and pain
- Suitable exercises for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance
- Appropriate use of medications
- How to communicate effectively with family, friends, and health professionals
- Healthy eating and nutrition tips
- How to evaluate treatment options
To find out about upcoming classes or becoming a peer leader, contact Milestones.
Matter of Balance
A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls emphasizes practical strategies to reduce this fear 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. Course: 8 weeks, one 2-hour session per week and are scheduled at independent and assisted living facilities. Most classes are FREE. Donations are appreciated to defray the cost of the class materials. Contact Milestones to get more information or to schedule a group session.
Stop Dependent Adult Abuse
The term “dependent adult” does not just refer to seniors. It includes anyone 18 years and older who requires assistance from another. Dependent adult abuse is not easy to recognize and is far less likely to be reported than child abuse.
- Types of abuse may include neglect, denial of critical care, physical violence, threats of assault, financial exploitation or sexual offense.
- It is estimated that 1 in 14 incidents of abuse in dependent adults are ever reported.
- Abuse happens at home, in nursing homes and in the community.
- Dependent adults are abused by caregivers, family members or by the adult themselves through self-neglect.
Don’t overlook the situation. If you are aware of a dependent adult who is possibly being abused or is in an unsafe situation, contact the phone numbers below.
- For abuse in the community, contact the Iowa Department of Human Services at 800-362-2178
- For abuse in a nursing home or assisted living facility, contact the Iowa Department of Inspections & Appeals at 877-686-0027
- If the person is in eminent danger, dial 911.
Milestones is a mandatory reporter and as a certified instructor, can provide Dependent Adult Abuse Mandatory Reporter training to service providers.