Help Improve A Life With Chronic Disease Through Free Classes From Union Hospital

Battling the conditions of chronic disease can be daunting for many people.

Living with long-term health conditions can be a daunting task as they can reduce energy, increase pain and create feelings of helplessness in many who are battling them.

The Union Hospital Community Health and Wellness Department professional nurses can help and are hosting a free six-week “Healthy U Chronic Disease Self-Management Program” this fall to address these issues.

The free program will be held at the Dover Public Library on consecutive Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Oct. 24 and 31, and Nov. 7, 14, 21 and 28. Seating is limited and registration is required and can be made online by visiting the “Health Events” section of the hospital website at www.unionhospital.org or by calling (3430) 308-3599.

The Healthy U Chronic Disease Self-Management Program was developed by researchers at Stanford University and is sponsored nationally by the U.S. Administration on Aging. This program is designed for people who live with long-term health conditions such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Lung disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Chronic pain
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

The program helps participants learn ways to control pain and other symptoms, get around better and stay independent. People who have completed the classes report that they have more energy and less pain, feel less tired and less depressed, get more exercise, can talk with their physicians more easily and are more confident that they can manage their own health.

A grant from the Dewey H. and Irene G. Moomaw Foundation will provide each participant who completes the workshop with a free copy of the book, “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions.”

Information about Union Hospital and all of its services available to the community is available on the hospital website at www.unionhospital.org, and on the hospital’s pages on Facebook and Twitter (@Union_Hospital).

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