Community partnerships increase the scope on senior health and wellness

Senior health and wellness initiatives are becoming increasingly important to a number of community organizations, businesses, and educational institutions. San Jacinto College Continuing and Professional Development’s (CPD) Community Engagement division is partnering with a number of community and health organizations to offer free health and wellness workshops.

“We value our current partnerships and the new ones we’re creating,” said Dr. Janice Sullivan, San Jacinto College CPD dean of community engagement. “This fall will focus on cancer and fall prevention for seniors. According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), every 11 seconds an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall, and every 19 minutes a fall results in death for this age range. To address this need, San Jacinto College CPD will host several health workshops culminating to the ‘Watch Your Step - Fall Prevention and Balance for Seniors Expo’ in November.”

MD Anderson and the Kelsey Research Foundation are joining the College to bring the Active Living After Cancer (ALAC) program to local seniors. Funded by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, ALAC offers support and resources not only for cancer survivors but for their caregivers as well. “The ALAC program shows participants how to safely incorporate moderate physical activity back into their everyday lives and works with them to get additional resources for health-related issues,” said Stacy Duriso, Kelsey Foundation certified senior community health worker.

Parsons House Assisted Living La Porte is also looking forward to bringing its specialized chair fitness class, “Scrambled Legs,” to the College for seniors to improve balance and leg strength. “Part of the Parsons House philosophy is to serve the senior population through community service,” said Krista Adams, Parsons House Assisted Living La Porte director of marketing and community relations.

Below is a list of free health-related workshops offered during fall 2019. All workshops and classes will be held at the San Jacinto College Central Campus CPD Community Center at 8060 Spencer Highway, Pasadena, Texas 77505, in Building C1, Room C1.108:

Active Living After Cancer (ALAC)

ALAC aims to improve the quality of life of cancer survivors and their caregivers by promoting physical activity and providing resources for survivorship issues. Eligibility requirements include having a previous cancer diagnosis and must no longer be receiving chemotherapy or radiation (except hormone therapy) at the time of enrollment. The ALAC program at San Jacinto College runs on Tuesdays from Aug. 6 – Oct. 15.

“Scrambled Legs” chair exercises

Parsons House Assisted Living La Porte will bring its fun chair exercise class to the College on Thursday, Aug. 29, from 12 – 1 p.m.

Community Fitness

CPD will host community fitness on Thursday, Sept. 6, and Friday, Oct. 4, from 12 – 1 p.m.


Wellness in Retirement

The Council on Recovery’s Wellderly Program will conduct a four-part monthly workshop series on wellness in retirement. The workshops begin on Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 12 – 1 p.m.


Watch Your Step - Fall Prevention and Balance for Seniors Expo

Join CPD Community Engagement on Nov. 21, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., and more than 25 community partners bringing resources, information, and giveaways. This free event for adults ages 55+ will feature workshops led by health care professionals discussing how to reduce home fall risks, types of fall injuries, and the effects of medications on balance. The event will also feature live musical entertainment, free food, and prizes.


For more information about or to pre-register for these free San Jacinto College CPD workshops, call 281-478-3665 or email


About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries, and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has served the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. The College is fiscally sound, holding bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s. San Jacinto College is a 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Top 10 institution, a 2017 Aspen Prize Rising Star Award recipient, and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. The College serves approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit students annually, and offers eight areas of study that put students on a path to transfer to four-year institutions or enter the workforce. San Jacinto College’s impact on the region totals $1.3 billion in added income, which supports 13,044 jobs.

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