EngAGE in Wellness

EngAGE in Wellness

Today and every day for the next 20 years, 10,000 people in the United States will turn 65.

As we age, barriers to health include low levels of physical activity; lack of access to programs that promote healthy aging; unavailability of affordable healthy food; and inadequate disease management education and support, including the absence of effective educational programs promoting healthy eating habits, exercise, and health management.

Current research shows that a healthy lifestyle is more influential than genetic factors in helping older adults avoid the decline and deterioration traditionally associated with aging. Those who pursue healthy behaviors including physical activity, an engaged and optimistic lifestyle, and a healthy diet reduce their risk of chronic disease. Preventing disease, limiting disability, and improving the quality of life for older adults through community-based programs have proven successful in a variety of settings. Additionally, the influence on younger generations of participating in healthy behaviors can have incalculable benefits later in life.

Since 1999, EngAGE in Wellness programs have been helping older adults change their health behaviors to strengthen and retain independent lifestyles.

Qualified teachers bring dance, strength training, Tai Chi, adapted Pilates, water aerobics, healthy cooking, nutrition education, and many other programs several times per week onsite.

EngAGE has installed and supervised on-site vegetable gardens in dozens of communities we serve. Residents choose whether to have separate plots, or to share the produce harvested throughout the community so that all residents have access to healthy fruits and vegetables to supplement their diet. Residents often prepare congregate meals during gatherings with produce from the community garden, and cooking/nutrition classes offered by EngAGE have also used produce from the community gardens.

We partner with several large food bank organizations in LA, Orange, San Diego, and San Bernardino Counties, as well as several health and wellness organizations in each community. The ability to work directly with the food banks to pick up large quantities of food (several tons per month on pallets) and parcel them through our staff for resident seniors to be able to carry home has greatly increased our ability to provide free food.

Wellness Classes and Programs

  • Tai Chi
  • Yoga
  • Aqua Aerobics
  • Adapted Pilates
  • Dance Exercise
  • Strength Training
  • Flexibility and Balance
  • Healthy Cooking
  • Healthy Lifestyle
  • Wellness Fairs
  • Falls Prevention
  • Food Banks
  • Gardening (food and flowers)
  • Stress Reduction
  • Learned Optimism
  • Grief Groups
  • Managing Depression
  • Meditation