AgeWell Programs

AgeWell Programs focus on fall prevention and includes in-home safety assessments, evidence-based education and classes, and social programs to reduce social isolation and loneliness.

The Center for Disease Control’s STEADI Toolkit, a strategy to achieve a minimum standard of older adult safety in the community, was adopted by Heart of Ida in early 2013.

Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance

Tai Chi Moving for Better Balance was developed by a team of researchers at the Oregon Research Institute (ORI) under grants from the U.S. government. This Age Well Long Beach program is rated by the HHS Administration on Community Living as Top Tier among evidence-based prevention programs.

It has proven effective in decreasing

  • the number of falls
  • the risk of falling
  • fear of falling

It has has also improved

  • functional balance
  • physical performance

Long Beach Senior Center – 1150 E 4th St., Second floor

Returns September 12th – Tuesdays, 10 – 11 a.m.

Houghton Community Center – 6301 Myrtle Ave.

Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:15  – 12:15

Rose Park Neighborhood

Tuesdays: 8:15 – 9:15am
Spring/Summer/Fall session: May 1 – November 30. Rose Park at 8th & Orizaba.
Winter session: February 1 – April 30. UMS Church at 8th & Obispo.
For more information, email:

Explore Tai Chi Moments on Heart of Ida’s YouTube Channel, here.

Safe At Home 


This minor home safety repair program is a one-of-a-kind in Long Beach. It is the first fall-prevention program that Heart of Ida established in the community. 

Heart of Ida volunteers visit the homes of low- to moderate-income older adults to:

  • perform multi-point safety checks
  • assess unsafe conditions
  • make minor repairs
  • Unsafe situations addressed include: adequate lighting (light bulbs or fixtures), emergency lighting (flashlights), night lights for bedrooms and hallways (exiting), functioning smoke/carbon monoxide detectors, installation of grab bars or handrails, non-slip shower/bath mats, hand held shower heads, and fans/ventilation. (No ramp installation.) 

Call or email for more information: 562-570-3548 or

Ida’s Walkers



Research indicates that owning a pet provides

  • crucial companionship
  • increases mental health
  • promotes physical activity

However, there are instances when seniors are no longer able to provide the physical activity a pet requires.

The Heart of Ida is there to help, offering dog walking services to low-to moderate income seniors in the hospital, with limited mobility, or at risk of falling, enabling seniors to keep their beloved pets as long as they are able to live at home.

Call or email for more information: 562-570-3548 or

Stepping On


This seven-week training course for older adults is a key component of The Heart of Ida’s fall prevention program. Conducted by a certified trainer and an interdisciplinary team of physical therapists, community safety experts, pharmacists, and low-vision professionals, this nationally- and federally-recognized intervention program can reduce fall risk in seniors by up to 30%.

Call or email for more information: 562-570-3548 or


Matter of Balance



A structured, evidence-based, eight-week, group program. Participants learn

  • practical strategies to view falls
  • fear of falling as controllable
  • set realistic goals to increase physical activity
  • change their environment to reduce fall risk factors
  • exercise to increase strength and balance

Call or email for more information: 562-570-3548 or