GLSS and Housing Authority Launch Workshop for Adults of Any Age with Ongoing Health Conditions, Starting Feb 12

 

Ongoing health conditions—including cancer, heart disease, fibromyalgia, arthritis, diabetes, and many other conditions can affect almost every aspect of your personal and professional life. In just six meetings, trained leaders and participants share strategies and skills that can improve quality of life. “My Life, My Health” is one name for the evidence-based program developed and tested by researchers at Stanford University Medical Center. The workshops have been proven to help people living with the challenges of ongoing health conditions. The upcoming workshop is a collaborative effort between the Lynn Housing Authority and Greater Lynn Senior Services.

“Ongoing health conditions or chronic illnesses begin slowly and proceed slowly. The duration of such conditions is unpredictable and curing chronic conditions is rare.” explains Mary Carideo, Program Manager for Healthy Living Programs. Symptoms vary but can include persistent pain, limited movement, decreased energy, and frustration about those limitations. “My Life My Health” is about management style. The goal is to positively manage chronic conditions. Participants will learn to set and meet personal goals using an action plan. Many chronic conditions share the same symptoms. Fatigue, anxiety, pain, and difficult emotions are common to all ongoing health conditions. Participants work together to learn how to talk more effectively with their doctors and other providers. They also learn to manage the emotional ups and downs that accompany ongoing health conditions.

Adelle Abdallah of the Lynn Housing Authority says, “We are excited to bring this program to the Lynn Housing Authority where so many people can benefit.”

Workshops are facilitated by trained leaders. The workshop will meet once a week on Tuesdays for 2-1/2 hours beginning on Tuesday, February 12 from 1:30 until 4:00 p.m., at the Lynn Housing Authority, 10 Church Street, Lynn. The program will conclude on Tuesday, March 19.

For more information or to register for the workshop, contact Mary Carideo at 781-586-8527 or by e-mail at mcarideo@glss.net.