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Erie County Senior Services announces healthy living workshops

BY: Metro Source Staff | December 31, 2013

The Erie County Department of Senior Services has announced that it will hold free Living Healthy Workshops focusing on diabetes self-management (“DSMP”) and chronic disease self-management (“CDSMP”) beginning on January 9, 2014. Held weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays at various senior centers in Erie County. The six classes in each program continue through April 1 and are designed to help individuals and/or their caregivers increase the skills necessary to better manage their disease and to confront the many challenges of living with chronic illness.

“Many older adults have at least one chronic health condition, such as hypertension, arthritis, heart or lung disease, or diabetes, and they often struggle with how to cope with their condition,” said Erie County Commissioner of Senior Services Randy Hoak. “These free workshops will give seniors, their caregivers and their families more confidence in their ability to manage their condition, better ability to manage pain and stress, and will teach them other management strategies as well.”

Both the Living Healthy DSM and CDSM programs are evidence-based, interactive health education programs developed by Stanford University, and are facilitated by trained leaders who have a personal understanding about living with a chronic condition. In addition to being better prepared to manage their condition, participants in Living Healthy programs report increased energy and physical activity, increased participation in activities, less time in the hospital, and improved communication with health care providers.

Schedule for EC Senior Services Healthy Living DSMP and CDSMP Workshops: DSMP: from noon to 2:30 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 9 through Feb. 13, Monsignor Carr Center, 20 Rich St., Buffalo; DSMP: 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Feb. 25 through April 1, Orchard Park Senior Center, 70 Linwood Ave., Orchard Park; CDSMP: from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 28 through March 4, Schiller Park Senior Center, 2057 Genesee St., Buffalo.

All participants completing the workshop series will receive a copy of the book Living Healthy with Chronic Conditions, 4th edition and a Relaxation for Mind and Body CD.

To register for this workshop series contact Kelly Asher, Health & Wellness Coordinator at 858-8081 or go to https://www.ceacw.org/find-a-workshop and enter the zip code of the workshop address in the “search workshops” box.

New workshops and choices are routinely added to the calendar as well. For more information on them or on the Erie County Department of Senior Services, visit http://www2.erie.gov/seniorservices/.

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