Helping older adults choose lives of dignity and independence

Winnebago, Boone, Ogle, Lee, Carroll, Whiteside, Stephenson, and Jo Daviess Counties


Health Promotion

The Lifescape Health Promotion program offers highest level, evidence based workshops designed to promote the health and independence of older adults. Workshops consist of a variety of group activities and cover a wide range of topics. These free workshops are hosted at various locations throughout your community.


Current Workshops

  • A Matter of Balance
  • Diabetes Self-Management Program
  • Chronic Disease Self-Management Program

To find out more about how to participate or host a health promotion workshop, please call 815-963-1609 or email healthwellness@lifescapeservices.org.


A Matter of Balance

Many older adults restrict their activities because they are concerned about falling. A Matter of Balance is an award-winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels.

This 8 week long program meets for 2 hours each week and teaches strategies to reduce the fear of falling. Seniors learn that falls and the fear of falling are controllable. Participants will set realistic goals to increase activity, learn ways to change their environment to reduce factors that cause falls, and learn exercises that increase strength and improve balance. This program helps seniors live life with less fear and helps seniors stay active and independent.


What Do We Know About Falls?

  • 1/2 to 2/3 of falls occur around the home
  • A majority of falls occur during routine activities
  • Falls usually aren't caused by just one issue. It's a combination of things coming together
  • A large portion of falls are preventable!

Who Can Benefit from A Matter of Balance?

Designed to benefit community-dwelling older adults who:

  • Are concerned about falls
  • Have sustained a fall in the past
  • Restrict activities because of concerns about falling
  • Are interested in improving flexibility, balance and strength
  • Are age 60+, ambulatory and able to problem-solve


Class Evaluation Results

  • 97% more comfortable talking about fear of falling
  • 97% feel comfortable increasing activity
  • 99% plan to continue exercising
  • 98% would recommend a Matter of Balance

"I am already noticing a difference in my physical being. I am sure I am a little more mobile than I had been and plan to continue these exercises. Hopefully I'll be jumping over the moon soon."

"I seem to be more aware of every situation for my safety. I now 'stop, look and listen' to my surroundings."

Diabetes Self-Management Program

Don't let Diabetes control your life. The Diabetes Self-Management Program can help put you back in charge. You can regain the energy to do the things that matter.

Developed by Stanford University, this workshop is proven to improve the health and well-being of seniors living with Diabetes. The program consists of interactive workshops during which you will learn skills to help you regain control and manage your Diabetes. Workshops are six weeks in length and meet once a week for 2 ½ hours. Anyone 60+ years of age that lives with diabetes, is at risk, or knows someone who has diabetes is welcome.


Topics Include:

  • Working with your doctor
  • Personalizing a fitness and exercise program
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Dealing with negative emotions
  • Managing symptoms
  • Improving communication
  • Tips for eating well
  • Setting goals
  • Effective problem-solving


What Were the Results?

According to Stanford School of Medicine:

  • "Subjects who took the program, when compared to those who did not, demonstrated significant improvements in exercise, cognitive symptom management, communication with physicians, self-reported general health, health distress, fatigue, disability, and social/role activities limitations."
  • "They also spent fewer days in the hospital, and there was also a trend toward fewer outpatient visits and hospitalizations."

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program

The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program workshop can help put you back in charge. You can regain the energy to do the things that matter.

Developed by Stanford University, this program is proven to improve the health and well-being of seniors living with chronic illnesses. The program consists of interactive workshops during which you will learn skills to help you regain control and manage your chronic illnesses. Workshops are six weeks in length and meet once a week. Anyone 60+ years of age that lives with a chronic health condition or knows someone who does is welcome.


Topics Include:

  • Working with your doctor
  • Personalizing a fitness and exercise program
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Dealing with negative emotions
  • Managing symptoms
  • Improving communication
  • Tips for eating well
  • Setting goals
  • Effective problem-solving


What Were the Results?

According to Stanford School of Medicine:

  • "Subjects who took the program, when compared to those who did not, demonstrated significant improvements in exercise, cognitive symptom management, communication with physicians, self-reported general health, health distress, fatigue, disability, and social/role activities limitations."
  • "They also spent fewer days in the hospital, and there was also a trend toward fewer outpatient visits and hospitalizations."

Becoming a Host Site

Lifescape is seeking partners to:

  • Host sites/provide meeting rooms
  • Help publicize information
  • Assist in the recruitment of participants
  • Seeking groups 8-12 seniors age 60+

Lifescape will provide:

  • Trained workshop leaders
  • All materials, including: charts, books, pens, paper, snacks, etc.

Workshops are FREE of charge to participants and host sites