See below for class descriptions and upcoming schedule.

Direction Home Akron Canton offers a variety of proactive Health & Wellness classes that are designed to keep aging individuals healthier longer. How? By teaching them how to better manage their current diseases and symptoms. Health Wealth offers innovative, evidence-based disease prevention/health promotion education with curriculums developed by a team of physicians, biologists, public health researchers and educators.

All programs are FREE and open to the public. Because your health and safety are our biggest concerns, our Health & Wellness programs are currently virtual using Zoom.  Not familiar with Zoom?  CLICK HERE for a short instructional video. 

Chronic Disease Self-Management (CDSMP)

CDSMP is a series of six (2-1/2 hour) classes led by 2 trained and certified leaders, and designed to help adults of any age gain confidence in their ability to manage symptoms of their chronic condition.  We discuss the importance of good nutrition and physical activity, and how to incorporate them on a daily basis, good communication with a healthcare team and family members, how to be your best advocate, and more. Chronic diseases include but are not limited to: arthritis, hypertension, lung disease and heart disease.

Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance

The Tai Ji Quan program (formerly Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance) offered by Direction Home Akron Canton is an education and exercise program that aims to strengthen muscles and prevent falls. Over the course of 24 weeks, participants will learn 8 forms based on Yang-style Tai Ji Quan. The exercises are easy to complete and can be done from a sitting or standing position.

LIVE VIRTUAL CLASSES: We want you to stay healthy, strong and active, so we will be using Zoom, to bring some of our Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Batter Balance into your home.  It is recommended to attend as many classes as possible; we will learn one form each session until all 8 forms are learned.  
Class requirements: a computer with speakers and a webcam (to ensure participants are safely learning the forms).  To easily ask questions during classes, using the microphone on your computer is also recommended; there is a chat feature to type questions if needed. 
Summit Co Residents: A select number of Summit County residents may be eligible to receive a free computer device for class participation. Recipients will be able to keep the device after the virtual Tai Ji Quan class concludes.

IN PERSON WORKSHOP December 6, 2021 through May 23, 2022: Courtney Flickinger will be your instructor for this TJQMBB workshop.
WHERE: Nordonia Hills Branch Library (9458 Olde 8 Rd, Northfield, OH 44067)
WHEN: Each Monday and Tuesday from 10:30-11:30 am. 
For more information and to register, CLICK HERE to contact the Nordonia Hills Branch Library .

LIVE VIRTUAL WORKSHOP March 22, 2022 through July 29, 2022: Lori Smith will be your instructor for this Zoom TJQMBB workshop.
WHERE: Zoom**
WHEN: Each Tuesday and Friday from 9AM-10AM.
CLICK HERE to register

Questions?  Please contact Lori Smith at  

Web-Based Education for Seniors and Caregivers:

Direction Home Akron Canton Area Agency on Aging and Disabilities has partnered with Active Daily Living to help Seniors and Family Caregivers with free, personalized advice to enhance health, independence, and aging-in-place. Active Daily Living is a free personalized online experience designed to provide resources on topics that help seniors stay healthy, safe and independent.  Access health assessments, articles and videos on topics that are tailored to your unique needs. Active Daily Living allows you to create a personalized account and save articles that interest you.

Click here to go to our Active Daily Living site and create your account today!