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WRAP® for Seniors: Wellness Recovery Action Plan

Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP®) for Seniors is a program anyone can use to get well, stay well, and make life the way they want it to be. It helps people to:

  • Identify safe, simple tools to support healthier and happier aging
  • Discover and reduce everyday stressors
  • Build on personal strengths and interests
  • Feel more hopeful, confident, and engaged in healthcare decisions

Here is what recent participants have shared about their experiences with WRAP®:

“WRAP has changed my life.”

“My struggles used to knock me over. Now I have a plan for how to stay well.”

“Thank you. I am grateful for having hope in my life!”

“I feel more of a sense of community with the other people in the class now.”

“I am now much more confident in taking care of my own health."

 
 

Due to a federal grant, classes and materials are provided for free. Trained, certified facilitators, employed by the University of Illinois at Chicago, travel to your organization to offer three 5-hour sessions, up to one week apart.

Frequently Asked Questions:

 

What topics will be covered?

WRAP® for Seniors classes cover topics such as:

  • Discovering your strengths
  • Developing a wellness toolbox filled with safe, simple tools to support healthier and happier aging
  • How to feel more hopeful, strengthen your support network, and take charge of your wellness
  • Feeling more hopeful, confident, and engaged in healthcare decisions
  • Creating a more personalized plan to discover and reduce everyday stressors

Will this cost me anything?

WRAP® for Seniors classes and materials are currently provided for free by the University of Illinois at Chicago thanks to a federal grant.

What health conditions can WRAP® help with?

WRAP® for Seniors can help you to live well despite a number of ongoing health conditions, including, but not limited to:

  • Challenges in daily living related to aging
  • Feeling down, anxious, worried, or lonely
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Heart Disease
  • Other challenges and chronic health conditions

How long do classes last?

WRAP® for Seniors classes typically last for five hours per day. They may be scheduled three days in a row, or one day per week for three weeks. That can sound like a long time, but we make sure to take plenty of breaks, classes are fun, the content is meaningful, and teaching is very interactive.

Is there an age requirement?

WRAP® for Seniors is for people who are age 60 and above.

Can my friend or family member come too?

Your friends or family members who are age 60 or older are welcome! They just need to sign up like everyone else. If you're bringing a family member or friend to accommodate a learning need, however, then they just need to be age 18 or older.

Is transportation provided?

Transportation is not provided through the grant for this program. We are happy to discuss travel options available to you and explore transportation that may be available through the host site.

How will I know if a WRAP® for Seniors class is being hosted in my area?

You may contact the Project Coordinator Byrce Goff directly at bgoff@uic.edu or (312)286-4618. Or suggest to your organization that staff reach out to explore ways to bring WRAP® for Seniors to your area.

Will refreshments be provided?

While our grant does not include funds for refreshments, we typically work with host sites to arrange for snacks or lunch options.

How many participants are needed to arrange a class?

Classes consist of about 20 individuals. To get the most out of the program and steward grant resources well, it is important to complete the full set of three classes, or as close to that as possible.

 
 

To learn more about WRAP® and discuss opportunities to bring this program to your organization, contact Bryce Goff:

Email: bgoff@uic.edu

Phone: (312) 286-4618

 

WRAP® is supported by grant number 90CSSG0011-01-01 from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201.