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Program Description

No matter one's age, stage in life or background, the capacity to grow, learn and form new interests continues well into adulthood. With this in mind, Health and Aging’s health promotion team plans a robust, year-round calendar of classes and workshops that appeal to a wide variety of interests.

Members of our health and aging program, Rush Generations, enjoy exclusive access to reduced registration fees, scholarship opportunities and free parking in the Rush garage or with valet services when attending these programs. Become a member.

Services Provided

Workshops to learn new skills

Take Charge of Your Health: This interactive, six-week workshop helps those with ongoing health conditions — such as arthritis, heart or lung disease and asthma — maintain control and confidence in managing their health while doing the things that matter most in life. This workshop is a way to meet new people, share experiences and learn ways to improve one's life.

Take Charge of Your Diabetes: This interactive, six-week workshop helps those with type 2 diabetes improve skills to manage diabetes and overall health. Participants learn about the importance of healthy eating, exercise, stress management and medications and ways to keep everything in balance.

Matter of Balance: A Matter of Balance is an award-winning program that emphasizes practical strategies to reduce the fear of falling, manage falls and increase physical activity levels.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers: This six-week workshop teaches family caregivers a wealth of tools to reduce stress and feel more self-confident as they care for an older adult.

Connected Living: This seven-week workshop teaches older adults computer and Internet basics to develop confidence in conducting Internet searches and connecting socially on the Web.

Classes that enhance your physical and emotional wellbeing

Gentle and Modified Chair Yoga: This eight-week class improves strength and flexibility using traditional yoga instruction that is modified so that participants may sit or stand throughout the yoga poses.

Tai Chi: This eight-week class improves breathing, balance and coordination through slow, controlled body positions.

Qi Gong: This eight-week class gently builds strength and mental focus through breathing, slow body bends and flowing movement.

Exploring the Mind Body Connection: This five-week class introduces you to a variety of simple mind-body techniques, including relaxation breathing and guided imagery, to enhance physical and emotional well-being.

Zumba Gold Fitness and Chair Zumba: This eight-week exercise class specifically designed for older adults and people with disabilities combines upbeat music, dance and nonstop movement to provide a lively and fun-filled workout. Join the dance party!

Groups for education and support

Friends and Family of People with Memory Loss: Join people caring for a person with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease to learn about memory loss and share caregiving experiences and coping strategies. Cosponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Illinois.

Diabetes Support and Education Group: Join Rush Diabetes Center experts and participate in a monthly program designed to explore diabetes management in a group setting. Discussions will cover healthy habits, establishing long-term health goals, nutrition and making lifestyle changes that support living with diabetes.

Programs and support groups are offered on an ongoing basis at Rush University Medical Center, and may be offered at a limited number of sites in the community. Please call us at (800) 757-0202, email us at or view our current schedule as well as program locations and registration fees.

Contact Name
Health Promotion Disease Prevention
Contact Phone
(800) 757-0202
Contact E-mail

LocationHours of Operation
Johnston R. Bowman Health Center
710 S. Paulina Street, 4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60612

RUSH Generations program members are welcome to drop by program headquarters in the Anne Byron Waud Patient and Family Resource Center for Healthy Aging. Call (800) 757-0202 for more information.

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