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. 

We are looking for Host Sites and Volunteer Leaders! Is that you?

Choose from our evidence-based workshops - Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance, Bingocize, and Powerful Tools for Caregivers. 

Benefits to becoming a Host Site or Volunteer Leader:

  • New and fun ways to reach your older adult population!
  • Direction Home covers the cost of leader training and class materials.
  • Ongoing support from Direction Home.
  • Compensation for Host Sites and Volunteer Leaders.

CLICK HERE for details and requirements for becoming a Host Site or Volunteer Leader.

Interested? Contact Lori Smith, Training Coordinator at or 330.899.5255 for more information.

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.

View a demonstration from one of our instructors here on our Facebook page!

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.  Because the workshop gradually builds strength and complexity, it is recommended to attend a minimum of 36 of the 48 sessions.

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.

Questions?  Please contact Lori Smith at  


Bingocize is an evidence-based workshop that combines the classic BINGO game with information about exercise, nutrition, and/or falls prevention. Bingocize is led by a trained workshop leader twice a week (60 minute sessions) for 10 weeks. 

Virtual Class Requirements: a computer with speakers, webcam, and microphone. 

Direction Home is looking for locations and volunteers interested in offering Bingocize classes to the community. Training for leaders is free, self-paced, and online, and both host facilities and peer leaders are eligible for reimbursement! Many organizations like senior centers and housing facilities already host Bingo games, so this is the perfect opportunity to switch things up while improving the health outcomes of the audience.

We need you: Become a host site! 

Do you already offer Bingo games at your facility? Why not combine Bingo with fun and education while earning a little bit of extra money? Host sites are eligible to receive $25 reimbursement per course completer (75% or more attendance).

Bingocize classes can be offered online or in-person, and Direction Home is here to help your staff/volunteers obtain free training, or connect you to another peer leader.

We need you: Become a workshop peer leader! 

No Bingo or exercise experience is required to become a Bingocize workshop leader. With free, self-paced online training modules, you can be well on your way to offering Bingocize classes. Plus, the class can be virtual or in-person, and you can be reimbursed for each class you lead! Peer leaders are eligible for $25 reimbursement per each 60 minute session led (that's up to $500!). 

Contact us today to get started! Please contact Lori Smith at


Powerful Tools for Caregivers (PTC)

Powerful Tools for Caregivers classes help caregivers take better care of themselves while caring for a friend or relative.  PTC is co-led by two trained volunteer coaches who will share strategies to reduce stress and deal with the difficult emotions family caregivers experience.  PTC meets once or twice per week for 90-minutes over a period of six sessions. 

Class Requirements: a computer with speakers, webcam, and microphone.  

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!