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Live well with chronic conditions
Senior Center to offer seminar on effectively dealing with afflictions
Extension Family and Consumer Science Agent Hilda Lytle will be co-teaching the Living Well with Chronic Conditions seminars starting April 11. Registration deadline for the six sessions is April 7. Contact the Extension office at 931-473-8484 for more information.

Do you have a chronic condition such as asthma, arthritis, depression, diabetes, heart disease, or other condition. Or perhaps you live with, or are a caregiver for someone who has a chronic condition. If so, the free “Living Well with Chronic Conditions” seminar is designed for you. You can learn ways to care for yourself or others having chronic health conditions.
The 12-hour seminar is scheduled for 6 (2-hour) sessions. These sessions will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 – 11 a.m. at the McMinnville/Warren County Senior Center. Scheduled dates are April 11, 18, 20 and May 4, 9, and 18. The seminar is open to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, age, sex, disability, religion or veteran status.  Hilda Lytle and Paula May (UT-TSU Extension Family and Consumer Science Agents) will co-teach the seminar.
The six, two-hour sessions are fun, interactive and educational. Participants share their successes and build a common source of support. The workshop helps build confidence around managing health, staying active, setting goals, and enjoying life. It helps individuals take day-to-day responsibility for the care of their chronic condition.
Participants gain skills necessary to self-manage their health condition and to work effectively with their health care professionals. All participants should plan to attend all six sessions and will receive a self-help book and relaxation CD. Family members, friends, or care-givers of an individual with a chronic condition are welcome to attend.
Below are class topics by session:

Session 1 – April 11
Self-management, chronic health conditions, using your mind, and getting a good night’s sleep
Session 2 – April 18
Difficult emotions, physical activity and exercise, fall prevention, and improving balance
Session 3 – April 20
Decision making, pain and fatigue management, using your mind to manage symptoms, and physical activity
Session 4 – May 4
Better breathing, healthy eating, communication skills
Session 5 – May 9
Healthy food choices, medication usage, making informed treatment decisions, dealing with depression, and positive thinking
Session 6 – May 18
Working with your health care professionals, the health care organization, weight management, and planning for the future.

Registration is required by April 7.  Please call or come by UT-TSU Extension (Warren County – 473-8484), (Van Buren County – 946-2435) or the McMinnville/Warren County Senior Center at 473-6559.  You may also check Facebook at: UT TSU Extension – Warren.
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