Cultural Diversity Program for Older Adults

The Dane County Cultural Diversity Program for Older Adults is a Countywide program to provide services and reduce isolation for African American and Spanish speaking adults 60 years of age and older. The Cultural Diversity Program for Older Adults identifies and assists in removing barriers that prevent seniors from accessing community services. Services center around health education, socialization, and building a sense of community. African American and Spanish speaking seniors increase their knowledge of local resources and become more comfortable attending community events. NewBridge is currently contracted by Dane County to administer the countywide program.

Services Offered Through the Program

  • Exercise Classes: English and Spanish
  • Monthly Health and Safety Education Discussion Groups: Addresses topics such as nutrition, relaxation and stress release, cancer, heart disease, home safety, chronic conditions, dementia, diabetes, brain exercises, accessing health benefits, bilingual wellness fair, energy assistance, severe weather safety, home safety, and food safety.
  • Monthly Support Groups: Currently two support groups are held for African American and Spanish speaking senior adults; one for seniors with diabetes and another for grandparents as caregivers.
  • Social Activities: Activities include bilingual bingo, art class, musical concerts, cultural events, and much more.
  • Wellness Workshops: Workshops include Alzheimer's and dementia screenings, falls prevention, healthy cooking classes, and wellness fairs.

Program participants are referred by family and friends, clinics, churches, senior focal point case managers, the Aging and Disability Resource Center, and other service providers throughout Dane county.