Meeting Place Senior Center offering ‘Living Healthy with Chronic Conditions’ program starting March 5

Starting March 5, a free, six-week "Living Healthy with Chronic Conditions" course will be held at The Meeting Place Senior Center at 75 Carmel Lane in Columbus.

The Meeting Place Senior Center in Columbus is offering Stanford University’s “Living Healthy with Chronic Conditions” program for free starting March 5.

The foremost goal of the program is to assist people with chronic conditions to
become self-managers. The focus of the meetings is to help people understand how they
can live with their diseases in the best possible way. The emphasis is upon changing
behaviors and lifestyle choices as they navigate their chronic conditions.

The workshop consists of six 2-1/2 hour sessions held each Monday through April 9 at 12:30 p.m. It is being facilitated by trained mentors Jimmi Buell of Cooperative Extension, Gail Dyer and Pam Doty of The Meeting Place.

With the support of the Area Agency on Aging, this workshop is being offered at no cost. Books and CDs are provided to every participant. The only obligation is the commitment to the six sessions.

The program is designed to provide tools for individuals dealing with chronic diseases such as COPD, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, asthma, fibromyalgia or any chronic condition which impacts activities of daily living. The tools help individuals to be self-managers or partners in their own health care.

Subjects covered include:

  • Techniques to deal with frustration, fatigue, pain, and isolation
  • Appropriate exercises for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility and endurance
  • Appropriate use of medications
  • Effective communication with family, friends and health care providers
  • Nutrition and
  • How to evaluate new treatments.

Action planning, disease-related problem solving and decision-making skills also are developed and practiced in the interactive workshops. During the research and development of the program, more than 1,000 subjects were studied. Findings revealed that people who took the program, when compared to people who did not, improved their healthful behaviors, improved their health status and decreased their days in the hospital.

The Meeting Place in Columbus is located at 75 Carmel Lane. For more information about the program or to register, call The Meeting Place at (828) 894-0001 or Cooperative Extension at (828) 894-8218.