Need to learn more about living with a chronic condition?
If you have recently been diagnosed or are living with a chronic health condition, you may be facing new obstacles managing your daily life. You may feel as though the onset of a chronic condition means you need to completely re-engineer your life. If you have an engaged and active life or a full-time job, you may feel afraid that you have to completely give up on your lifestyle and reduce your quality of life based on this new diagnosis.
Fortunately, you are not alone. Many people have been in this situation and have found ways to adjust to their condition without having to completely move away from the things they love to do. That’s why we offer Living Well Workshops—which some people like to call chronic disease self-management education.
Workshops that help you live your best life—no matter your challenges
These classes help people with chronic health conditions learn to manage their symptoms and the multitude of changes the condition brings into their lives. Plus, they are “evidence-based,” which means they are proven to make a difference in the health outcomes of participants.
What can I expect as a participant?
You will learn techniques that help with managing medication, healthy eating, depression, how to evaluate new treatments, and communicating with your family and healthcare team. You will learn to manage symptoms such as pain, fatigue, and frustration that are a part of the chronic condition. You will learn about decision making, short-term goal setting, problem-solving, and action planning.
You can expect:
- Improved physical activity,
- Improved socialization,
- Reduction in health-related mental stress,
- Improved communication with your doctors, and
- A more positive outlook on your life!
What are the Living Well Workshops like?
These workshops are offered right in your community and are often hosted in churches, community centers, senior centers, and libraries. Groups of 8 to 16 participants meet once a week for 2 to 2 ½ hours. Most of the self-management programs last for six weeks, but the falls prevention program (called A Matter of Balance) lasts for eight weeks.
During the workshops, you will meet other participants who have many of the same or similar circumstances as you in a group that allows the sharing of ideas, experiences and goals. This will help you understand and overcome the challenges associated with chronic health conditions. Through this opportunity, you can share your experience and connect with new friends.
What workshops are currently available?
Healthy Changes for Living with Chronic Conditions
A 6-week workshop that teaches you how to cope with ongoing health conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, high blood pressure, chronic pain, lupus, osteoarthritis, high cholesterol, cancer/cancer survivors, heart disease and other conditions. You will learn to work with your healthcare team, manage your symptoms and set realistic goals for your life. There are sessions covering medication usage, getting a good night’s sleep, exercise, healthy eating, relaxation techniques, and managing pain and fatigue. Participants in this group have different chronic conditions and many of them are challenged with more than one chronic condition. This group focuses on symptoms and causes that are common among most people who have a chronic condition.
Healthy Changes for Living with Diabetes
This is a 6-week workshop that is specific to individuals who are challenged with diabetes. This workshop will help you understand the symptoms and complications caused by diabetes, the importance of medication, and how to control blood sugar levels. You will learn ways to manage anxiety, stress, frustration, and other issues and concerns that impact your day-to-day living with diabetes. Participants in this workshop are either diagnosed with diabetes or may be the family member of someone with diabetes.
A Matter of Balance
This workshop is an 8-week program that helps you reduce the fear of falling and encourages increased activity among older adults. You will also learn how to make practical lifestyle changes. This workshop is for older adults who are concerned about falling or have experienced a fall, as well as adults who are interested in improving flexibility, balance, and strength. Participants will learn to view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing activity, make changes to reduce the risk of falling at home, and gain more confidence in themselves.
Want to sign up for a Living Well Workshop?
Contact empowerline if are interested in attending a workshop, would like to host a workshop, or would like to request a workshop in your area.
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