Free Living Well Workshops in Thomaston

People with chronic diseases often need more than medication to manage illness. That’s why Upson Regional Medic al Center and The Wellness Center have teamed with the Southern Crescent Area Agency on Aging to offer free chronic disease management workshops.

Developed by Stanford University, the Living Well Program addresses healthy ways to cope with the frustrations of living with a chronic disease. The program is a series of workshops that meet Mondays, starting September 24, for six consecutive weeks for 2.5 hours.

If you have an ongoing health condition such as diabetes, arthritis, fibromyalgia, high blood pressure, asthma, emphysema, heart conditions or multiple sclerosis, this program may be for you. This program is for any person of any age who has one or more chronic conditions.

A friend, caregiver or relative is welcome to attend the course with the participant. He or she will benefit from the problem-solving skills related to managing chronic conditions.

Workshop leaders have attended the Stanford-designed leaders training course. Participants will learn about:
• Taking more control over their health.
• Techniques to deal with pain, fatigue and isolation.
• Improved strength, flexibility and endurance.
• Ways to communicate with family, friends and health professionals.
• Enhanced support from others.

Benefits reported by past participants include better coping strategies and symptom management, better communications with their physicians, decreased disability, more energy and less fatigue, fewer hospitalizations and improvement in self-rated health and social activity.

“It’s practical, it’s doable, and it helps you to be successful,” said Cardiology Leader Sue Mangum. “People with both minor and/or common chronic conditions (such as arthritis, asthma, diabetes or vision problems), as well as people with less common conditions such as multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease, can all benefit from the class. I also think the caretakers or spouses of people with chronic conditions should take the workshop. People with any ongoing health condition of any level can receive significant benefits from this workshop.”

The workshops will be offered based upon interest. To bring this free program to Upson, please attend a 30 minute Pre-Enrollment and Informational meeting August 19 at 2 p.m. in the Wellness Center.

For more information and to register, call (706) 647-4466.