Workshop tools ease chronic disease symptoms


EATON — One in two Americans have at least one chronic disease – those conditions that are treated and managed, but not often cured. Chronic disease takes an enormous toll on peoples’ lives, but fortunately there are ways to manage symptoms and maintain active and fulfilling lives. The Area Agency on Aging offers Healthy U to help people develop the skills and coping strategies they need to manage their symptoms.

Healthy U is an interactive, small group workshop that has been proven to improve quality of life and reduce health care expenses by increasing self-confidence and providing new skills so that participants can better manage their symptoms and feel healthier. Instead of focusing on any one disease, participants explore new ways to address challenges common to anyone with a long-term health problem.

The program focuses on common problems like pain management, nutrition, exercise, medication use, emotions, and communicating with doctors and family about your illness. Participants develop skills and coping strategies to manage their symptoms through action planning, interactive learning, problem-solving, decision-making, and social support.

The series of six weekly workshops will be held at Preble County Council on Aging, 800 East St. Clair Street in Eaton on Wednesdays, July 15-Aug. 19, 9 a.m. to 11:39 a.m.

Workshops are open to adults of any age who have a chronic health condition and/or their caregivers. There is no charge for participants who are 60 years of age or older; younger participants pay a $15 fee. Everyone who completes the course receives the companion textbook, Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions.

Space is limited and advance registration is required by contacting Stacey Copes at 456-4947 or scopes@prebleseniorcenter.org.

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