The “LIVE WELL with Chronic Conditions Workshop” hosted by the Prince William Area Agency on Aging will offer people living with chronic conditions and their families ways to cope with the symptoms of the diseases. The workshop will run for six weeks from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Mondays from Nov. 4 through Dec. 16 and will be held at the Woodbridge Senior Center, 13850 Church Hill Drive.

People living with asthma, cancer, diabetes, pain, heart disease, Parkinson’s, lung disease, obesity, fibromyalgia, stroke, arthritis, depression or any other ongoing condition, and who want to learn ways that might help with their symptoms, are encouraged to attend.

Jodie Houser, the program coordinator for the Area Agency on Aging, said the workshop will show people how to remain active, which helps ease the symptoms of many of chronic conditions. “Staying active helps with your social well-being. If you’re not taking care of yourself and you’re staying inside, that can lead to social isolation, depression and other symptoms.” 

The workshop will provide people with other ways to deal with their symptoms as well, Houser said. “We have tools that we teach during the class. We do different activities such a brainstorming, engaging in conversations about ideas that we can use to deal with pain and fatigue and things like that.” 

The workshop will also teach people decision-making techniques to help meet goals, healthy eating habits and communications skills, so that they can talk to their families about their wants and needs, said Houser. 

In addition to the instruction gained, people often establish relationships with others who attend the workshop. “As the group grows through the six weeks, they really get to know each other and oftentimes they’ll develop friendships. One great thing is hearing that other people feel the same way or that they’re going through the same thing, and that makes them feel better – that it’s not only them. They feel that support, as well,” Houser said. 

The Area Agency on Aging is partnering with the Independent Empowerment Center and the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services to offer the workshop.

To register or for more information, call Houser at 571-241-3925 or email jhouser@pwcgov.org. Registration is required since space is limited.

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