Living Well with Chronic Conditions

When: Starting Monday March 31 at 9:30-11:30 Where: Wautoma Public Library What: Six week course to help you manage your chronic condition Free and sponsered by: Aging and Disability Resource Center

Ever had trouble dealing with pain and fatigue? Or had trouble doing things you used to enjoy due to a new physical ailment?  When we have a chronic condition, we are faced with new challenges and limitations, unfamiliar situations, and perhaps new routines that include more medical visits, tests, treatments, and/or medications than before.  There is a program called Living Well with Chronic Conditions that may help to deal with all that having a chronic condition hands us. 
Living Well with Chronic Conditions is a program designed to be very interactive.  It's a great way to obtain information, learn new skills, share, and learn from others in the class.  During the 6 week program (2-1/2 hours each time), you'll learn new ways to manage and cope with ongoing chronic health conditions like arthritis, back problems, or heart/lung disease.  Some of the topics covered include exercise and healthy eating, dealing with difficult emotions, learning to accomplish things you want to do in small, doable steps, and using your mind to manage symptoms.
Evidence-based research has shown that those who attend a Living Well program improved their health behaviors like exercise and better eating, became more effective in communication, and increased their involvement and participation in activities they once enjoyed.  Those who attend are better able to manage pain and fatigue, are less depressed over their health, and have fewer trips to the emergency room, fewer hospitalizations, and shorter stays when they are hospitalized.  This program may be able to give you the same results.  According to Stanford University where the program was developed, "There are two ways of moving forward…either we can allow our illness to manage us and our lives, or we can learn to manage it, and get our life back.”
Start managing your chronic condition and register for the next Living Well with Chronic Conditions workshop scheduled to be held at the Wautoma Library every Monday from 9-11:30am, starting March 31 and ending May 5.  As a participant of this class, you’ll also have the opportunity to help spread awareness on preventing heart disease and strokes.  The upcoming Living Well class in Wautoma has been selected to be a part of the Wisconsin Million Hearts® Initiative.  Heart disease and stroke are two of the leading causes of death in the United States. Million Hearts® brings together communities, health systems, nonprofit organizations, federal agencies, and private-sector partners from across the country to fight heart disease and stroke.  The Wautoma class will be a part of a video series made to help represent this effort.  It’s an exciting opportunity to be a part of and hope you will be encouraged to participate. 
For more information or to register, call the Aging and Disability Resource Center toll free at 1-877-883-5378.