Classes help seniors take control of their chronic conditions


exeter – If you would like to learn how to better manage your health, sign up for a free six-week workshop presented by Kaweah Delta Health Care District. The free workshops are designed to help people with ongoing health problems such as diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, asthma, or any other chronic condition. Each session lasts 2 ½ hours. Topics that are covered include: problem solving for positive changes, relaxation techniques, improving communication with physicians, family and friends, medication “How Tos”, weekly goal setting and healthy eating.
This workshop was developed by Dr. Kate Lorig at Stanford University. Participants demonstrate significant improvements in the areas covered. They also report fewer hospitalizations and outpatient visits. The Empowerment for Better Living CDSMP workshops are offered on a quarterly basis at the Chronic Disease Management Center located at 325 Willis Street in Visalia. However, Kaweah Delta has made them available at the Exeter and Goshen senior centers through a partnership with CSET Senior Services, which operates senior centers in Tulare County. The six-week classes began in Exeter on April 13 and are held from 9-11:30 a.m. every Thursday through May 18. The Exeter Senior Center is located at 301 S. E St. in Exeter. For more information, call 559-592-5960.
The workshops will begin in Goshen on May 9 and will be held from 9-11:30 a.m. every Thursday through June 13. The Goshen Senior Center is located at St. Thomas Catholic Church Hall, 6735 Avenue 308 in Goshen. For more information, call 1-800-321-2462.