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Wellness Programs

Coping Skills for Healthy Living

Change is hard and we deal with a lot of change – retirement, reconnecting with our spouse, relocation, losing loved ones, and health issues to name a few. Join us for an interactive group program led by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker that will improve coping skills, increase your self-confidence, enhance your ability to adapt to life situations, and improve overall health by decreasing your stress response.
Upcoming sessions:

  • Live Virtual: Thursday, September 17 – Thursday, November 5 from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • To register: Call 352-674-1779

8 one-hour sessions; Free!

Mind-in-Motion™:Movement Therapy for wellness, empowerment, fitness and fun!

Whatever paths we have walked in life, our bones, fluids, muscles and cells hold a “memory” of our experience. Stress, grief, trauma, joy: Our emotions affect our bodies, determining how we move through the world…and our bodies are a powerful part of how we express emotion. Research shows that expressive movement can help reduce anxiety and depression, boost self-esteem and even improve sleep, by reducing stress hormone levels and restoring the body to a calm, natural state. Mind-in-Motion™ uses fun, energizing, dance-based movement to improve emotional and physical wellness. Join us to discover a more nurturing way to inhabit the body you were born in—come and learn to “dance through life!”
Upcoming sessions:

  • Colony Care Center: Fridays from 2:00 – 3:00 PM
  • New sessions start the 1st Friday of each month
  • To register: Call 352-674-1779

4 one-hour sessions; $40 fee

Matter of Balance

Did you know that 1 in 3 older adults fall each year? Many older adults experience concerns about falling and restrict their activities. A Matter of Balance is an award-winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. Join us and learn to view falls as controllable, set realistic goals to increase activity, make changes in your home environment to reduce fall risks, and exercise to increase strength and balance.

  • To register: Call 352-674-1779

8 two-hour sessions; Free!

Memory Screenings

A memory screening is a wellness tool that helps identify whether possible changes in memory and cognition are age-related or the beginning of a more serious memory problem. It is not intended to diagnose but instead to evaluate how different areas of your brain are working, providing a baseline of brain function over time. Since many factors triggering memory loss can be reversible, it’s important to practice early detection so that symptoms may be treated.

  • To schedule: Call 352-674-1779

30 minute assessment; Free!

Dementia Care Coordination Program

The Villages Health offers a Dementia Care Coordination Program to primary care patients that are dealing with Alzheimer’s and other Dementia disorders. The program consists of one-on-one meetings with one of our Certified Dementia Practitioners and small group sessions. Caregivers attend eight weekly education and support sessions while their loved ones participate in an interactive respite program.

  • To register: Call 352-674-8949

Free!

Prevent T2:

One out of three American adults has prediabetes, and most of them do not know it. Having prediabetes means your blood glucose (sugar) level is higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. This raises your risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Without weight loss or moderate physical activity, many people with prediabetes can develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years. The year-long PreventT2 lifestyle change program, developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, can help you make lasting changes to prevent type 2 diabetes.

  • To register: Call 352-674-1779

Year-long program: classes meet once a week for 16 weeks, followed by every other week for 2.5 months, and then monthly meetings for the remaining 5 months; $100 total cost ($50 material fee and $50 incentive fee).

Choose to Lose:

Choose to Lose is a specially designed weight loss program for those with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or higher. Led by a Registered Dietitian, this small group format covers topics such as Learning to Eat Well, Shopping and Cooking, Succeeding Away from Home, Eating Mindfully, Seeking Support, and Keeping the Weight Off.

  • To register: Call 352-674-1770

This is a year-long program: classes meet weekly for the first month, every other week in months 2-5, and once a month for the last six months; Cost: covered 100% for United Healthcare Medicare Advantage, Florida Blue Medicare Advantage, and Medicare members.

Diabetes Education:

More than 1 in 10 Americans has diabetes. Lifestyle habits, including healthy eating and exercise, have a significant impact on reducing the risk of complications from diabetes. The Villages Health offers the only American Diabetes Association Recognized Diabetes Education program in the region. It is a comprehensive program for individuals with type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes. A Certified Diabetes Educator and one of our Registered Dietitians will work with you and your primary care physician to develop a personalized plan through one-on-one appointments and small group classes.

  • To schedule: Call 352-674-1770

Diabetes Education is covered at 100% for United Health Care Medicare Advantage and Florida Blue Medicare Advantage plans, meaning there is no out-of-pocket cost to you. Commercial insurance and Medicare Supplement plan coverage varies and our team will verify coverage before booking your appointment.

A referral is required for Diabetes Education. If you are not a Villages Health primary care patient, we will send you the paperwork to be completed by your provider.

Medical Nutrition Therapy:

The Villages Health provides Medical Nutrition Therapy to individuals that have Diabetes or Chronic Kidney Disease stage 3 and higher. Three hours of one-on-one Medical Nutrition Therapy with a Registered Dietitian is provided in the first year of education and two hours of one-on-one Medical Nutrition Therapy are available every year thereafter.

  • To schedule: Call 352-674-1770

Medicare, United Healthcare Medicare Advantage and Florida Blue Medicare Advantage cover Medical Nutrition Therapy for Chronic Kidney Disease stage 3 and higher at 100%, meaning there is no out-of-pocket cost to you. Commercial insurance coverage varies and our team will verify coverage before booking your appointment.

A referral is required for Medical Nutrition Therapy. If you are not a Villages Health primary care patient, we will send you the paperwork to be completed by your provider.

Nutrition Counseling:

Meet one-on-one with a Registered Dietician to review your health history and develop a customized meal plan that works best for you. Nutritional Counseling is available to everyone, regardless of age, insurance or condition.

  • To schedule: Call 352-674-1770

First hour consultation: $75; First 30-minute follow-up appointment $25; All additional 30-minute follow-up appointments $50

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Dr. Castaldo is an amazing doctor who is highly educated and very professional. He helped me tremendously and I'm very thankful for him!

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