Live Well program provides tools for chronic disease self-management

Hartford Healthcare

The Connecticut Center for Healthy Aging is presenting a free six-week program geared to those experiencing chronic diseases and conditions. Live Well: Chronic Disease Self-Management will be introduced at an informational session on Friday, Jan. 15, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., at the Hospital of Central Connecticut, Bradley Memorial campus, 81 Meriden Ave., conference room A.

The six workshops will be held on Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., beginning Jan. 22 and ending Feb. 26. A snow date will be available on March 4. To fully benefit, it is suggested that participants attend all sessions.

The program is built upon three underlying assumptions:

  1. Regardless of the chronic condition, people have similar problems and concerns and face similar challenges.
  2. People can learn the skills needed to better manage their disease and the day-to-day issues they face.
  3. People who understand and take control of their condition will be healthier and happier.

Those individuals living with diabetes, depression, heart disease, arthritis, pain and anxiety or caring for someone with an ongoing health problem are among those who may benefit from the Live Well program. Workshops may feature the topics of healthy eating, exercise, effective communication, problem solving and setting goals, according to facilitators Jessica Dakin, BSN, CMC, geriatric care manager, and Michelle L. Lavoie, resource coordinator.

“The Live Well program can help people get back to being in charge of their own lives, rather than being captive to their ongoing health conditions,” said Marc Levesque, MS, senior resource coordinator at the Connecticut Center for Healthy Aging.

Registration is required. To register, call the Connecticut Center for Healthy Aging, at toll-free 1-877-4AGING1 (1-877-424-4641).

The Connecticut Center for Healthy Aging, a not for profit member of Hartford HealthCare Senior Services, is a resource and assessment center designed to enhance access to services and information related to attaining optimal quality of life for seniors and their caregivers. For more information about Connecticut Center for Healthy Aging, visit www.cthealthyaging.org.

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