The Living Well With Chronic Conditions workshop is a free, six-week, self-management program designed to introduce skills needed for day-to-day management of chronic conditions. This course is specifically designed to help individuals develop the tools necessary for living a healthy life while managing the symptoms associated with chronic conditions.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you or someone you love has a chronic illness, chances are you are aware that many symptoms can last for years. Nearly 100 million Americans suffer from chronic conditions, such as asthma, arthritis, heart disease, high blood pressure, headaches, depression, and kidney disease. While some illnesses may not be disabling, others can cause significant limitations and affect a person’s ability to perform daily activities. As there is often no cure, teaching people to manage the symptoms of an illness is key to helping them live fuller, happier lives.
The workshop focuses on self-care; learning new coping strategies for dealing with frustration, fatigue, depression, and pain; and sharing experiences with other group members. Classes are highly participative where mutual support and success build the participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives. The workshop is not meant to replace or conflict with existing treatment, but enhances it and increases the treatment’s effectiveness.
Participants learn how to:
- Manage medications
- Communicate effectively
- Deal with fatigue and frustration
- Manage depression
- Start an exercise program
- Use problem solving skills
- Eat well
- Manage stress
- Relax to assist with pain management
- Set and achieve goals
- Handle emotions
The workshop benefits adults of any age who have one or more chronic conditions. Friends and family are also encouraged to attend.
The Living Well workshop is facilitated by two trained leaders, one or both of whom are non-health professionals who are dealing with a chronic condition of their own.