Chronic Disease Program
Garnette Gardens Activity Room
Live Well Minnesota
Make Better Choices; Have Better Health
For most of her adult life, Doris didn’t worry much about her health. Then at 67, she was diagnosed with diabetes, high blood pressure. and started suffering pain from arthritis She tried to follow her doctor’s advice to take her medications, exercise, and eat better. But often she was tired and even a little depressed. “I figured it was just part of getting older,” she recalls. Then a friend told Doris about the Living Well with Chronic Conditions Workshop. “I now have a new sense of being in control,” said Doris, “The Workshop has really helped me put life back in my life.”
One of every two adults live with a chronic illness every day estimates the Centers for Disease Control.
Conditions that can be managed but not cured include chronic kidney disease, diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, arthritis, asthma, high blood pressure along with many other diseases.
Managing a chronic disease can be complex and frustrating. How do we deal with unrelenting health problems? Researchers at Stanford University found that people with chronic illnesses get tired. They hurt. And they sometimes want to give up. These same researchers also studied how those with chronic diseases find relief. What did they find? Folks who learned how to solve problems, communicate with doctors, relax, eat well and manage their emotions improved their health and spent less time in the hospital than those who didn’t.
Changing how we eat and live day to day is not always easy, however . . . . Especially when you hurt. So out of this research was born a class, a workshop, a way to show those who live with chronic illness “how” to apply the advice they hear from health experts. This class can help you learn how 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
If you are experiencing a chronic disease, we invite you to join us for the Living Well with Chronic Conditions Workshop sponsored by A.C.E. of SW Minnesota and the Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging. These 2 hour classes (held each week for six weeks) will take place at;
Garnette Gardens Senior Living , 511 South Dekalb, Redwood Falls.
Classes will take place on Wednesdays starting June 1 July 6 –from 1:30 – 3:30 pm. For more information or to register to attend these classes please call the A.C.E. of SW Minnesota office at 507-627-1016 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org