Living Well With Chronic Conditions Class to Be Offered In Spring Green

BARABOO, WISCONSIN; June 11, 2014 – Living Well with Chronic Conditions, a free course to help people reduce pain, increase energy and gain control of their health, will be held at the Spring Green Community Library, 230 East Monroe Street. Classes will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. every Tuesday, July 15 through August 26, except August 19. The program is co-sponsored by the Aging & Disability Resource Centers (ADRC) in Sauk and Iowa Counties.

Living Well with Chronic Conditions is a six-week program created by Stanford University’s Patient Education Research Center for any adult with a chronic disease. Chronic diseases are considered lifelong health conditions, such as diabetes, arthritis, HIV/AIDS, high blood pressure, depression, heart disease, chronic pain, anxiety, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia and others.

Delivered in six 2½-hour weekly sessions, Living Well with Chronic Conditions is taught by two certified leaders, either or both of which are non-health professionals who have a chronic disease themselves and can speak from personal experience. The Spring Green course will be co-facilitated by Laura Geick of the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Eagle Country-Baraboo/Sauk County and Darla Burton of the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Southwest Wisconsin – Iowa County.

During each session, participants will receive support from the trained leaders, as well as other participants, learning practical ways to manage pain and fatigue, better understand nutrition and exercise options, hear about new treatment choices, and discover better ways to communicate about their conditions with doctors and family members.

“For people with chronic health conditions, good medical care is just half of the equation,” explained Geick. “Equally important is their ability to make healthy decisions, follow their doctor’s recommendations and take care of their condition. Living Well with Chronic Conditions teaches people with lifelong health conditions to do just that. Participants have less pain, more energy and fewer hospitalizations.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls chronic conditions the most common, costly and preventable of all U.S. health problems. They are also the leading causes of death and disability, responsible for seven out of 10 deaths each year.

“The good news,” noted Burton, “is that people who know how to take care of their health conditions can live successfully with their disease. Living Well with Chronic Conditions is a compliment to medical care, equipping people to live well outside the doctor’s office so they can make the most of their treatment and live the lives they want.”

For more information or to register for the course, call (608) 355-3289.

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