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Are you aged 55 or older with long-term health conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease? Do you feel limited in your day-to-day activities? Are you looking for better ways to manage your symptoms?...

Are you aged 55 or older with long-term health conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease? Do you feel limited in your day-to-day activities? Are you looking for better ways to manage your symptoms?

Or maybe you care for a person with a chronic condition?

If you answer yes to any of the above questions, you might be interested in a workshop that will be offered in Alexandria, starting in January.

The Living Well With Chronic Conditions workshop will be offered Tuesdays, January 18 to February 22 from 12:30 to 3 p.m. at the Alexandria Senior Center, 414 Hawthorne Street. Developed in the early 1990s by the Stanford Center for Research in Patient Education, Living Well With Chronic Conditions workshops are based on a successful arthritis self-management program.

It is a credible, "evidence-based" program with broad experience and demonstrated results in a variety of settings, populations, and chronic conditions and is now used internationally in 15 countries and 39 states.

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The workshop will help participants regain control of their life and do the things that matter to them. Participants become calmer, less worried and more confident about managing their health. They have more energy to do more and get relief from their pain, fatigue and other symptoms.

The workshops connect participants with others. They meet new people, share what they know and come up with new ways to address their health conditions. Participants choose their own goals and track their own progress toward success.

Trained peer leaders offer guidance and support, but participants find practical solutions individually and together.

The interactive curriculum includes discussions and readings on exercise and nutrition, medication usage, stress management, talking with your doctor or health professional, and dealing with emotions and depression. A book is available for use and for purchase.

Group size is limited, so call soon. For information or to register, contact Ann Esterberg, executive director at the Alexandria Senior Center, at (320) 762-2087.

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