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Health Promotion

The Area Agency on Aging of Dane County Offers Evidence-Based Health Promotion Workshops

The Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging (WIHA) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the health and well-being of older adults in Wisconsin. They do this by administering high-level evidence-based health promotion programs. The Area Agency on Aging is a partner of WIHA’s and helps to spread healthy aging programs on a local level. Our goal is to help older people in Dane County live longer, and live better through delivering these programs. Due to the success of these workshops, participants have seen reduced amounts of trips to the emergency department and hospitalizations, fewer falls, better caregiving, and measurable reductions in the progress of illnesses. We offer a variety of healthy aging programs that focus on assisting adults with on-going health problems like arthritis, diabetes, incontinence, frequent falling, and more. See below for all that we offer!

For questions or more information, contact Dane County’s Healthy Aging Coordinator at or (608) 261-5678


Current Health Program Offerings in Dane County

Chronic Conditions

Healthy Living with Chronic Pain is a six-week self-management program for people living with ongoing pain. This workshop has been researched and proven to work by giving you the tools and strategies to manage your pain.

Falls Prevention

Stepping On is a seven-week workshop proven to reduce falls. It provides a safe, positive learning experience focused on improving balance and strength, home and environmental safety, vision, and a medication review.

Stepping Up Your Nutrition is a one-time two-hour class that focuses on protein and hydration to reduce your risk of falls and malnutrition. This class provides you with personalized information related to how much protein and hydration your body needs to remain strong and independent. Taught online via Zoom every March and September.

For current Stepping On class offerings, check Safe Communities website
Bladder and Bowel Incontinence

Mind Over Matter: Healthy Bowels, Healthy Bladder is a program designed to give women the tools they need to take control of bladder and bowel leakage. Join a MOM workshop and learn strategies for preventing or lessening symptoms so you can keep doing the things that matter most to you.

Physical Activity

Stand Up is a 5-week program that helps you add more standing time into your day so you feel better and improve your health.

Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging (WIHA)

WIHA helps people take steps to improve their health and quality of life through home-grown,evidence-based programs, and practices. The Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging is a one-stop-shop for scientifically-proven self-management education programs that can bring the power of better self-care to adults throughout our state - especially older adults.