SIDNEY — The Area Agency on Aging will offer a six-week workshop, Healthy U, about chronic disease management, Tuesdays, Oct. 31 through Dec. 5, in LanePark of Sidney, 1150 W. Russell Road.
The sessions will be from 1 to 3:30 p.m. They are open to adults of any age with chronic health conditions and their caregivers. Adults 60 and older can attend at no charge. Those 59 and younger must pay a fee of $15. Participants will learn skills and coping strategies. Everyone who completes the course receives the companion textbook, “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions.” A complimentary lunch is offered by Lane Park at 12:30 p.m.
One in two Americans have at least one chronic disease — those conditions that are treated and managed but not often cured.
Healthy U is an interactive, small group workshop that has been proven to improve quality of life and reduce healthcare 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 chronic pain, 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.
Advance registration is required by call 498-1818.