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Chronic Disease  CDSMP


Mountain Empire Older Citizens (MEOC) and LENOWISCO Health District are offering a new program to improve the health of older citizens of Wise County/City of Norton, Lee County, and Scott County.  Workshops will be held in community locations such as churches, senior centers, community centers, libraries, and hospitals.  Starting July 28, 2010, trained health educators and registered nurses will offer free workshops on Chronic Disease Self-Management, open to all area residents 60 years of age and above.  This program gives the participant the opportunity to design a personalized self-management program.  Each participant attending the workshop receives a copy of the book, Living a Health Life with Chronic Conditions. 

The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program You Can! Live Well, Virginia meets once per week for six weeks and includes instruction and discussion related to healthy living tools such as effective communications with family and health care providers, medication management, personalizing a fitness and exercise program, relaxation methods, stress reduction, dealing with negative emotions, managing symptoms, nutrition and healthy eating, setting weekly goals, and effective problem-solving.  In addition to older adults, the course would be very beneficial and is open to family members of any age caring for an older person with a chronic condition.

Workshops are provided at no cost to the participant.  Both morning and afternoon classes are being planned over the next 17 months.  Participants are encouraged to pre-register as soon as possible so educational materials can be obtained in advance.  If you are interested in attending a workshop in your area, please call Rachel Helton with Mountain Empire Older Citizens at 276-523-4202.




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