A Minnesota program has planned three training sessions in Alexandria to develop leaders to run workshops to help people living with chronic medical conditions.

Juniper, which operates under the supervision of the nonprofit Innovations for Aging, LLC, says its evidence-based workshops are designed to help adults live well with conditions such as arthritis, chronic pain, diabetes, heart disease, cancer or mental health conditions.

"The problem is only getting worse as chronic conditions like diabetes, chronic pain, high blood pressure and heart disease increase with age – as an entire generation of baby boomers is about to find out," it said in a news release.

Juniper says good candidates for training are those with a passion for helping people, who can facilitate one workshop per year, are comfortable speaking in front of a group, and are able to present according to program fidelity guidelines. Training is open to anyone with these qualities whether they are professional or volunteer, retired or working.

Once trained, leaders lead a six-week workshop on Living Well with Chronic Conditions, Chronic Pain, or Diabetes in and around the Alexandria area. Local community organizations help sponsor and coordinate Juniper workshops.

Upcoming trainings are free and will take place at the Alexandria Senior Center, 414 Hawthorne St., in Alexandria.

  • Living Well with Chronic Conditions: March 25-26 and April 1-2 – must attend all 4 days
  • Living Well with Diabetes Cross Training: April 22
  • Living Well with Chronic Pain Cross Training: April 23-24

For more information, visit yourjuniper.org/classleaders/training, contact Carol Bye at 218-745-9104 or cbye@nwrdc.org, or visit yourjuniper.org.