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.

Diabetes Self-Management (DSM)

DSM is a program that builds on the successful structure of the CDSMP program, but is tailored specifically to adults living with type 2 diabetes. This program is led by 2 trained and certified instructors and conducted in a series of six (2-1/2 hour) weekly classes.  Participants learn various strategies to add to their "toolbox", allowing them to successfully manage their symptoms and, and better understand and control their diabetes.

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 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. 

WORKSHOP May 25th through November 5th: Lori Smith will be your instructor for this TJQMBB workshop. We will meet on Zoom every Tuesday and Friday from 9:30-10:30 am.  For more information and to register, CLICK HERE.

WORKSHOP June 7th through November 17th: Canceled. Please stay tuned for more opportunities.

Questions?  Please contact Lori Smith at  

Matter of Balance (MOB)

MOB is an interactive education program that emphasizes practical strategies to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels. Participants learn to view falls as controllable, set realistic goals, change their environment to reduce risk factors, and exercise to increase strength and balance. MOB is led by 2 trained and certified coaches, and meets once per week for 2-hours over a period of eight weeks.

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.  

WORKSHOP June 1st through June 17th: Lori Smith and Theresa Niewiadomski will be your facilitators for this PTC workshop. We will meet on Zoom every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30-7:00 pm.  For more information and to register, CLICK HERE.

Questions?  Please contact Lori Smith at