Story last updated at 3/4/2009 - 11:01 am
SITKA - Do you or a loved one feel limited by a chronic disease such as arthritis, diabetes or heart disease? Do you feel like you're spending too much time with the doctor or at the hospital? The Living Well Alaska workshops are designed to teach you how to self-manage your disease.
The Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Diabetes and Health Promotion programs and the State of Alaska Chronic Disease Self-Management Program are sponsoring a series of seven free weekly Living Well Alaska workshops for residents of Angoon, Haines, Kake, Klawock and Sitka. Workshops take place from 2-4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 5 and 12; Friday, March 20; and Thursday, March 26, April 2, 9 and 16.
The workshops will be hosted at the SEARHC Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital Litehouse Conference Rooms in Sitka. Other communities will join by videoconference from the SEARHC Jessie Norma Jim Health Center in Angoon, the SEARHC Haines Health Center, the SEARHC Kake Health Center and the SEARHC Alicia Roberts Medical Center in Klawock.
"Oftentimes people and their loved ones are so overwhelmed with their chronic diseases that they aren't able to fully enjoy their lives," said Maybelle Filler, SEARHC Diabetes Grant Coordinator. "They may be feeling a loss of control over things. It's our hope that by SEARHC partnering with the State of Alaska Chronic Disease Management Program and offering the Living Well Alaska workshops to Southeast communities, we can empower people and help them feel better about their lives. Research on this program has shown participants are able to manage their symptoms better and communicate more easily with their doctors and loved ones."
These workshops are for people and their families who have arthritis, asthma, chronic pain, diabetes, heart disease, HIV/AIDS, lung disease and/or any other chronic condition that requires constant care. Participants will learn how to manage their symptoms; get started with healthy eating and exercise; communicate effectively with their doctor and health care team, manage their fear, anger and frustration; make daily tasks easier and get more out of life.