Seniors Health & Wellness
The Seniors Health and Wellness program helps American Indian older adults stay healthy by working to prevent and/or manage health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke and other conditions that disproportionately impact American Indians. The Seniors Health and Wellness program functions as part of MAIC’s Native Fitness and Nutrition (FAN) program.
The Seniors Program is also aligned with the Urban Wisdom Steps program, which is a network of programs promoting physical activity and health on all reservations in Minnesota.
- Walking group on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in MAIC’s gym (this includes music, light refreshments and the good company of others)
- Physical fitness training and coaching specifically focused for older adults
- Classes to improve balance, which can prevent injury from falls
- Traditional dance activities such as hoop dancing
- Nutrition education and cooking demonstrations
- Diabetes self-management classes
- Diabetes prevention classes for those diagnosed with pre-diabetes
- Free health screenings
- Social activities including weekly Bingo on Thursday
- Holiday parties and events
- Transportation and participation in annual Wisdom Steps Statewide Conference (for those pre-enrolled)
- Monthly walking field trips to cultural institutions, parks and other culturally-relevant locations
The Seniors Health and Wellness Program is guided by the Elders Advisory Council, which meets monthly.
- American Indians ages 45 and up. Individuals must be 55 and up to participate in Wisdom Steps.
Seniors Health & Wellness Staff
Colette Lawrence, Program Coordinator
Jacob Croonenburghs, Health & Wellness Coach