Workshop helps to energize seniors with chronic conditions

LIHUE – Over the last six years, numerous Kauai kupuna with chronic health conditions have benefitted from the Better Choices, Better Health workshop offered by the Agency on Elderly Affairs.

A recent participant named Doris who has diabetes and high blood pressure said in her evaluation, “I now have a new sense of being in control. The workshop has really helped me put energy back in my life.”

Prior to taking the workshop, the 67-year-old woman was often tired and a little depressed.

She said, “I figured it was just part of getting older.”

However, after taking the Better Choices, Better Health workshop, Doris’ life changed dramatically. She now recommends the program to those with chronic health conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, anxiety, and heart disease.

There is good news for anyone interested in signing up for the BCBH workshop.

Another round of the popular six-week series is set to begin on Oct. 15.

The workshop will be held on Wednesdays from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Lihue Civic Center, Piikoi Building, conference room A.

Taught by specially trained leaders, some with chronic health conditions themselves, the program covers a new topic each week including:

• Finding betters ways of dealing with pain and fatigue

• Easy exercises to help improve or maintain strength and energy

• Understanding new treatment options

• Appropriate use of medications

• Improved nutrition

• How to communicate effectively with family, friends and health care professionals

In addition, participants will receive a book titled “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions” and a relaxation CD.

The Better Choices Better Health workshop is based on Stanford University’s highly successful Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, which has been implemented nationally and internationally.

For more information or to sign up for the workshop, please contact Charlyn at 241-4470 or cnakamine@kauai.gov.

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