OHAI programs support healthy aging
Informative workshops are available for Southwest Oklahoma seniors through the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative.
OHAI offers health and wellness programs for seniors, caregivers and health care professionals. Locally, the programs are available through the Southwest Center of Healthy Aging in Lawton to help seniors manage their health and remain as active as possible.
Many of these classes scheduled throughout Southwest Oklahoma are free of charge, while others are offered at low fees, some for as little at $25. Pre-registration is required for each class in order to provide enough materials for each participant.
Education specialist Rhonda David is instructor for free tai chi, the Diabetes Empowerment Education Program and Eyeball 101 classes.
"I love my job with OHAI because I am able to work one on-one with older adults every day," David said. "Many of the smaller rural areas would not otherwise have these types of programs available to them. I see the difference our programs make in their lives whether it be renewed confidence after participating in tai chi for better balance or taking control of their diabetes. OHAI helps connect older adults with the resources they need to live healthier lives."
Julie Richardson has been a licensed practical nurse in the geriatric field of nursing for more than years. She teaches courses for CNA/HHA (Certified Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aid). She said she enjoys taking care of the elderly and teaching others who enjoy taking care of people who are sometimes not able to care for themselves.