EATON — Chronic pain — pain that lasts longer than three to six months – can take both a physical and emotional toll. The Area Agency on Aging encourages the public to invest six weeks this fall to get better control of chronic pain and enjoy the upcoming holiday season even more.
The Healthy U Chronic Pain Self-Management Workshop helps people develop the skills and coping strategies to better manage their symptoms and feel healthier. It is an interactive, small group workshop that has been proven to improve quality of life and reduce health care expenses by increasing self-confidence and providing new skills.
The workshop focuses on pain management, nutrition, exercise, medication use, emotions, and communicating with doctors and family about your pain. It also includes Moving Easy, a gentle movement program in weeks three through six. Participants learn to manage their symptoms through action planning, interactive learning, problem-solving, and social support.
The series of six weekly workshops will be held at The Grange, 501 Nation Avenue in Eaton, on Wednesdays, Oct. 14 through Nov. 18, 9:30 a.m. to noon.
Workshops are open to adults of any age who have chronic pain and/or their caregivers. There is no charge for participants who are 60 years of age or older; younger participants pay a $20 fee. Everyone who completes the course receives the companion textbook, Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Pain, and the Moving Easy CD.
Space is limited and advance registration is required by contacting the Preble County Council on Aging. Call Stacey Copes at 937-456-4947 or email [email protected]