What topics will be covered in the workshops?
Topics will vary depending on the whether you join the Take Charge of Your Health workshop or the Take Charge of Your Diabetes workshop. However, the themes are the same across workshops including:
- Find out how healthy eating can improve your condition
- Create an exercise program that works for you
- Learn ways to improve communication with your family, friends, and healthcare providers
- Develop your own weekly goals to help you manage your condition
- Learn problem-solving strategies to help cope with pain, fatigue, and frustration
- Gain support and encouragement from others living with ongoing health conditions
Will this cost me anything?
Depending on where you are attending the workshop, and the funding source for that workshop, a few scenarios are possible:
- Most often workshops are offered free of charge. Some organizations may ask for a donation, due to the funding source, but in those cases, it is still optional to donate.
- There are some materials for the workshop that are shared in a lending library style and then returned at the end of the workshop. However, should you wish to keep these materials, they are typically available for purchase.
- For other organizations, dependent on the organization and its funding source, the materials are given to participants free of charge.
What are some examples of ongoing health conditions?
Some examples of ongoing health conditions include:
- Hypertension/ high blood pressure
- Heart disease
- MS (Multiple sclerosis)
How long does the workshop last
The workshops last for 6 weeks, meeting once a week for 2.5 hours each week. In order to get the most out of a workshop, it is strongly recommended that you attend every session.
Is there an age requirement?
No. Our main focus is for participants who are 60 and over, as well as adults with disabilities, but we're happy to have people of all ages attend. The program has also been proven beneficial for caregivers of people with ongoing health conditions.
Can my friend/significant other/family member come too?
Almost always yes! If that is not the case, it will be noted in the workshop description. If you have any questions about this, you should call the contact listed in the workshop description.
Is transportation provided?
More often than not, transportation is not provided. However, if transportation is provided, it will be noted in the information about the individual workshop. You can also call the contact listed with the workshop to inquire about opportunities for transportation.
How frequently are Take Charge facilitator trainings conducted?
Take Charge facilitator trainings are conducted several times a year at various locations throughout the state. If you are interested in becoming a Take Charge facilitator, you can find more details here. You can also check for upcoming facilitator training on the Find a Workshop Near Me Map.
How will I know if other workshops are being conducted in my area?
When you submit the inquiry to be a host site, we will check our currently scheduled workshops to make sure there are not too many workshops for the same program in the same area. You can also check our currently scheduled workshops on the Find a Workshop Near Me page.
Do participants have to meet a certain age range?
No. However, our main focus is for participants who are 60 and over, as well as adults with disabilities. The program has also been proven beneficial for caregivers of people with ongoing health conditions.
Will this cost my organization anything?
Cost to your organization is determined by many factors, such as number of workshops, materials, length of commitment, and location. Please contact us so we may assess your organizational needs for the program.
Are refreshments provided?
Refreshments are not provided and not required for the workshop. Depending on the guidelines at your location, participants could bring snacks or your agency could provide snacks.
How many participants do I need to recruit and register for this workshop
Workshops must have at least 10 participants in order to begin. We recommended that at least 14 participants be registered in order to meet the 10-person minimum.
We are committed to helping you promote the Take Charge of Your Health programs any way we can! Please contact us to discuss strategies in your area.
Host sites and partners
How will I be assigned a workshop?
Unless you request otherwise, you will be identified by your program coordinator or an AgeOptions staff member as a candidate to lead workshops closest to your geographical region and based on your stated availability.
How will I know when workshop opportunities are available?
Unless you are already scheduled for, or are in the midst of leading a workshop, your program coordinator or an AgeOptions staff member will always inform you when host sites in your area are in need of facilitators.
What materials will I need to conduct a workshop?
Copies of the most recent edition of the "Living a Healthy Life" and "Relaxation for Mind and Body" CD for each participant will be provided to you for use during the workshop by either your program coordinator or an AgeOptions staff member. All workshop facilitators are provided instruction on how to arrange for materials during the 4-day facilitator training. Click here to learn more about what it means to be a Take Charge Facilitator. Or if you're ready to get the process started, fill out our New Facilitator Inquiry Form.
I only want to volunteer in areas near where I live, is this okay?
Yes. Opening up your geographical availability will likely improve your odds of receiving workshop facilitator opportunities more frequently. However, we recognize that not all facilitators have the ability to travel far outside of their area.