Have you been newly-diagnosed with a chronic illness? Have you been coping with chronic illness for a long time?
Do you provide care for someone living with a long-term illness?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, the Chronic Disease Management Network may be able to help.
It is presenting a six-week chronic disease self-management program, entitled “Surviving & Thriving,” starting Monday, Nov. 3. The workshop is being aimed at individuals, family members, friends, and caregivers of people with long-term illness.
Workshop participants will learn about living with chronic conditions such as arthritis, heart problems, diabetes, and pain. They also will be given the tools for self-management of long-term conditions.
Beverley Thomson, the Health Systems Navigator for the Fort Frances Community Clinic and a co-facilitator of the program, said it’s designed to help people live well.
“We hope that participants will improve their healthful behaviours,” she remarked. “Studies have shown that people who have attended this program improved in areas such as exercise and coping skills.
“They also had increased energy and there was a decrease in their days spent in the hospital,” Thomson added.
Wendy Derendorf, a case manager with the Northwest Community Care Access Centre and co-facilitator, said the feedback from their first session was positive.
“We held a session during the summer and had very good response from the participants,” she noted.
“They [the participants] learned some new ideas, and were able to share ideas and concerns with other people who were dealing with the same issues.”
There is no charge to attend the workshop, with sessions to be held every Monday from 1-3:30 p.m. upstairs at the local Legion.
For more information or to register, call Thomson at 274-3287 ext. 271.