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Free workshop series offers seniors help with chronic conditions

LIHU‘E — The county will be hosting a free workshop series to seniors to help with chronic conditions starting today.

The six-week series started Wednesday and is open again today, Thursday, Sept. 9, held via telephone conference call.

Sessions will be held on Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

To gain maximum benefit, participants should plan to attend all six sessions.

The cost of the workshop is free for seniors, and it includes a companion book and a relaxation CD/audiotape, exercise CD, tip sheets, and self-test.

If space is available, younger people will be able to attend the workshop for a $40 fee.

Pre-registration is required and is limited to four participants.

Among the topics that will be covered are:

• Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength and endurance;

• Healthy eating;

• Appropriate use of medication;

• How to work more effectively with health care providers; and

• Dealing with emotions and depression.

Participants will make weekly action plans, share their experiences, and help each other solve the problems they encounter.

Developed by Stanford University Center for Research in Patient Education, the program is designed to provide support and build confidence in the participants’ ability to manage their diabetes while maintaining active and fulfilling lives.

To register, please contact Johnny Yago at 241-4470 or jyago@kauai.gov before the start of the workshop.

If you need an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation due to a disability, contact Johnny at the number and email above and as soon as possible.
Source: The Garden Island

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