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Living well, even happily, despite a “chronic condition”

 
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Living Well Despite Health Problems. Imagine that!!

FREE workshops are being offered to help individuals, and their families, living with a chronic or ongoing health condition. “Living Well with Chronic Conditions” is a six-week series of sessions aimed to empower those who live with a chronic disease, or ongoing illness, to live happy and productive lives. Yes, restoring the word “quality” to the phrase “Quality of life.”

The workshops are open to anyone who is living with a chronic disease, family member or individual caring for a loved one living with a chronic disease. Information that helps manage frustration, fatigue, pain, depression and isolation is carefully covered. Other topics include appropriate exercise, optimum nutrition, informed use of physician prescribed medications and effective communication with healthcare professionals, family and friends. By learning more about self-management, participants wil find it easier to make better-informed treatment decisions. Program evaluation has shown that participants have improved health status and spend fewer days in the hospital, a trend toward fewer outpatient visits and hospitalizations.

Workshops are scheduled on Tuesday evenings in Newport – January and February; Thursday evenings in Newport – February and March; Monday evenings in Toledo – March and April; Monday afternoons in Lincoln City – April and May; and Saturday mornings in Yachats – May and June. This self-management program, developed by Stanford University’s School of Medicine, is designed to enhance medical treatment and help those living with a chronic health condition improve their ability to manage day to day activities.

The workshops are being offered for free! There is no charge for anyone to attend including family members, support persons or caregivers attending. The workshop also includes the “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions” book. Pre-registration is required.

To register or obtain additional information, call Ann Way, Program Coordinator at 541-265-0465.

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