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Seminars: Living Well With Chronic Conditions

| August 27, 2011, 10:50 AM | 0 Comments

Are you living with diabetes, arthritis, back pain, lung disease, chronic pain or anxiety, high blood pressure, obesity, or another condition that is keeping you from living your life to the fullest? It’s time to make changes for the better.

Get information on “Living Well with Chronic Conditions” at a free, six-week class series offered by Anne Arundel Medical Center and the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities. This is a self-management program for adults to help them to handle their long-term health conditions.

Presenters will share techniques to deal with frustration, fatigue, pain, and isolation. Learn about appropriate exercise and medications, how to fight fatigue and make daily tasks easier, how to communicate with family and health professionals, and learn about nutrition and how to evaluate new treatments.

Each session builds upon the last to help set goals, make action plans, and improve your life. The free class includes a 380-page guidebook, “Living a Healthy life with Chronic Conditions.”

An evidence-based program developed by Stanford University and Northern California Kaiser Permanente, it has shown a beneficial effect on physical and emotional outcomes and health-related quality of life. Participants reported decreased disability and fatigue, increased energy, lower health distress, more exercise and relaxation, and fewer social role limitations.

Classes will be start Sept. 7 or Oct. 19 from 9:30 a.m. to noon, or Sept. 8 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the hospital’s Health Sciences Pavilion in Annapolis. Adults with chronic conditions of any age are welcome to participate, as well as their caregivers. For information, call Pam Toomey, program coordinator, at 410-222-4366, Ext. 3057, or e-mail [email protected]. You can register online at AAMCevents.org or at www.aacounty.org/Aging/Living_Well_Series.cfm.

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