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The UT/TSU Extension Office will present a six-week program entitled “Living with Chronic Conditions” beginning Thursday, June 28 at Morning Pointe Assisted Living and Alzheimer’s Memory Care, 711 Kings Lane, Tullahoma.
The program is free, but registration is required, and may be made by calling 723-5141. The program is open to anyone living with a chronic condition, or the caregiver of an individual with a chronic condition.
These include but are not limited to asthma, COPD, arthritis, depression, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, obesity and fibromyalgia.
The purpose of the program is to help individuals take day-to-day responsibility for the care of their chronic condition. According to the directors, participants will gain skills necessary to self-manage their health conditions and work effectively with their healthcare professionals.
June 28: Differences between acute and chronic conditions; using your mind to manage symptoms; distraction techniques, symptom cycle.
July 5: Problem solving techniques; dealing with difficult emotions; benefits of physical activity and exercise.
July 12: Better breathing; muscle relaxation; ways to deal with pain and fatigue; endurance activities.
July 19: Future plans for healthcare; healthy eating; communication skills; problem solving.
July 26: Medication usage; making informed decision, depression management; positive thinking, guided imagery;
August 2: Working with your healthcare professional and the healthcare system; looking back and planning for the future.
For more information call Tullahoma Morning Pointe at 455-0860; UT Extension Agent Belinda Riddle at 723-5141; or Merrill Meadows, program coordinator for the City of Tullahoma parks and recreation department at 455-1121.