Healthy lifestyles and behaviors are known to impact older adults’ quality of life by maintaining:

  • Strength, flexibility and balance that help prevent falls
  • Healthy eating habits to prevent or manage chronic diseases
  • Physical activity to manage weight, support heart health
  • Social outlets to prevent isolation and depression

The Council on Aging offers and supports effective evidence-based classes that encourage healthy lifestyle activities and enable older adults to live with greater quality of life. These classes include topics like:

  • Chronic disease prevention
  • Chronic disease and chronic pain self-management
  • Physical activity and fall prevention

Here is a brief overview and dates/times of the health education classes available in the tri-county area:

A year-long lifestyle change program for adults with pre-diabetes or those at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Participants learn about tools and strategies for healthy eating and being physically active in a group setting. There is no charge for the program but you need to pre-register.

Redmond Senior Center, 325 NW Dogwood Avenue, (541) 548-6325

  • Tuesdays 1 to 2 p.m. Class is Closed (Next class begins March 2020)
  • Thursdays beginning September 19, 2019, 2 to 3 p.m. Registration is open: Contact Sarah Worthington at

Developed at the Stanford University Patient Education Center, these classes assist those who live with chronic conditions to become good self-managers of those condition(s). Each program is facilitated by two leaders and meets weekly for 2-1/2 hours for six weeks. There is a small fee for a textbook; scholarships are available.

Redmond Senior Center, 325 NW Dogwood Avenue, (541) 548-6325

  • Tuesdays beginning November 5, 2019, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    Registration is open: Sign up by calling (541) 322-7430

Based on research from Oregon State University’s Bone Research Laboratory, this class is designed to gradually increase strength and improve balance. The goal is to reduce the risk of falls that may result in osteoporosis-related fractures by improving strength, balance and mobility, and reducing bone loss.

Central Oregon Community College, Boyle Education Center, 2600 NW College Way, (541) 383-7270

  • Tuesday & Thursday: Sept. 24 to Dec. 5, 8 to 8:50 a.m.; 9 to 9:50 a.m.; 10 to 10:50 a.m.
  • Registration is required. Sign up online at:

Central Oregon Community CollegeRedmond Campus, 2030 Southeast College Loop Building 1, 2248 SE College Loop, (541) 383-7270

  • Tuesday & Thursday: Sept. 24 – Dec. 5, 9:30 to 10:20 a.m.; 10:30 to 11:20 a.m.
  • Registration is required. Sign up online at:

Sisters Athletic Club, 1001 Desperado Trail, (541) 549-6878

Adapted from Boston University Roybal Center by Maine’s Partnership for Healthy Aging and Oregon Health Science University, this workshop teaches practical coping strategies to reduce the fear of falling.

Sisters/Camp Sherman Fire District, 13033 SW Forest Service Road #1419 – Camp Sherman (541) 549-0771

  • Starts Wednesdays, TBD, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Jefferson County Senior Center, 860 SW Madison, (541) 475-1148

  • Mondays, Sept. 23 – Nov. 13, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m

Tai Chi is a graceful form of exercise that involves a series of movements, which are performed in a slow, focused manner combined with controlled breathing. It is a low impact activity. Tai Chi is shown to improve balance & mobility, increase leg strength & flexibility and reduce the fear of falling.

Trinity Episcopal Church, 469 NW Wall, (541) 678-5483, x110

  • Tuesday & Thursday, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
  • No fee

Redmond Senior Center, 325 NW Dogwood Avenue, (541) 548-6325

  • Tai Chi – Beginning (1st class free): Tuesday & Thursday, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Tai Chi – Advanced: Tuesday & Thursday, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

La Pine Senior Activity Center, 16450 Victory Way, (541) 536-6237

  • Wednesday, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

La Pine Parks & Rec, Finley Butte Sports Complex, 51390 Walling Ln, (541) 536-2223

  • Wednesday, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Friday, 10 to 11 a.m.

Local Motion, 346 SW Culver Highway, (541) 475-2996

  • Monday & Wednesday, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday & Thursday, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • 1st week free

The national FallProof™ balance and mobility program is designed to assess and treat balance-related problems.

The Alexander Bend, 1125 NE Watt Way, (541) 749-8376

  • Beginning September
  • Monday & Thursday, 12 to 1:30 p.m.

The WISE (wellness initiative for senior education) Program is a substance abuse prevention and wellness program targeting older adults created by the New Jersey Prevention Network (NJPN). WISE promotes health through six education sessions that address high-risk behaviors in older adults.

The WISE Program is designed to help older adults celebrate healthier aging, make healthier lifestyle choices and avoid substance abuse. The curriculum is designed to take place once per week over a six-week period. Each of the six lessons is about two hours in length, not including breaks or refreshments.

Redmond Senior Center, 325 NW Dogwood Avenue, (541) 548-6325

Call us to learn more about health education classes in your area: (541) 678-5483.