Living Well with Chronic Conditions
Developed at Stanford University, the Workshop has been offered at hundreds of locations throughout the United States. It helps participants with ongoing health conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, anxiety and others to:
- Find better ways of dealing with pain and fatigue
- Discover easy exercises to help improve or maintain strength and energy
- Learn the appropriate use of medications
- Improve nutrition
- Talk effectively with family, friends and health professionals
- Understand new treatment choices
- Feel better about life
“I now have a new sense of being in control,” said Doris, “The Workshop has really helped me put life back in my life.”
The workshop meets every week, for two hours, for six weeks. It is led by specially trained volunteer leaders, some who have health conditions themselves. The program covers new topics each week and provides opportunities for interaction and group problem solving. The leaders are more like coaches who guide participants through the topics. The answer to someone’s question is usually in the room from another participant who has gone or is going through a similar situation.
The program serves those who are 60 years of age or better who are living with a chronic condition themselves or are caring for someone who is. Everyone who participates will receive a, “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions” reference book. A sliding fee scale is used to determine the fee of the program; however no one will be turned away for an inability to pay.
East Side Neighborhood Services will be hosting the next Living Well with Chronic Conditions workshop. It will begin on February 16th and will take place every Tuesday from 1:30-3:30 for six weeks. For more information or to enroll in Living Well with Chronic Conditions call Brenna Horn, 612-787-4055.This program has been designed by the Stanford University Patient Education Research Center. This program is funded under contract with the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging Inc. as part of the Older Americans Act Program funding. Presented in partnership with the Wilder Foundation.