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Healthy Living for ME announces free workshops in June

Mainers can sign up for Healthy Living for ME’s free summer workshops, scheduled for June.

Workshops now open for registration include A Matter of Balance, Living Well for Better Health, Better Health Now, Living Well with Chronic Pain and Living Well with HIV+.

Mainers who are caregivers or supports for people living with conditions discussed in these workshops are also welcome to participate.

“The workshops we are offering this summer address a variety of health issues and concerns. Mainers facing these health issues can benefit not only from the information presented in the workshop, but also from being part of a support group of people who may be in a similar situation,” said Jen Paquet, Head of Healthy Living for ME training, according to a press release from the organization.

The Healthy Living for ME June workshop schedule and details are as follows. Workshop schedules are on healthylivingforme.org.

A Matter of Balance (In-Person): This workshop will be held on Monday, June 6 at the Alfond Youth and Community Centre, 126 North Street, Waterville. Topics covered include practical strategies for reducing fear of falling and increasing activity levels.

Live Well for Better Health (In-Person): Three sessions of this workshop will be offered; the first is Tuesday, June 7 and will be held at SeniorsPlus, 8 Falcon Road, Lewiston. The second will be on June 16 and will take place at the Caribou Wellness Center, 55 Bennett Drive, Caribou. The third is June 22 and will be held at Mt. Ararat High School, 73 Eagles Way, Topsham.

The workshop can help participants cope with lifelong conditions such as diabetes, COPD, arthritis and high blood pressure. Topics covered include: managing frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation; appropriate exercise to maintain and improve strength, flexibility and endurance; appropriate use of medications; communicate effectively with family, friends and healthcare professionals; nutrition; and the evaluation of new treatments.

Better Health Now (by phone): This workshop will begin on Thursday, June 9. It is designed to help people living with chronic illnesses including heart disease, arthritis, diabetes or other conditions. Participants in this workshop receive a toolkit by mail and work with a facilitator alone or in small groups.

Topics covered include: techniques for managing frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation; appropriate exercise to maintain and improve strength, flexibility and endurance; appropriate use of medications, effective communication with family, friends and healthcare professionals; nutrition; and how to evaluate new treatments.

Living well with chronic pain (in person): This workshop will take place at the Alfond Youth & Community Center in Waterville on June 16th. It is designed for people struggling with persistent pain such as back pain, post-surgical pain, headaches, and other ongoing pain.

Topics include: dealing with frustration, fatigue, isolation and lack of sleep; appropriate exercise to maintain and improve strength; appropriate use of medications; communicate effectively with family, friends and healthcare professionals; nutrition; pace activity and rest; and the evaluation of new treatments.

Living well with HIV+ (online): This workshop will be offered virtually on June 16. It is designed for people managing HIV and their natural caregivers/supports. Topics include medication management; techniques for dealing with frustration, fear, fatigue, pain and isolation; communicate effectively with family, friends and healthcare professionals; sex, intimacy and disclosure; nutrition; assess symptoms; advance directives; and decision making.

Program participants develop weekly action plans, share their experiences, and help each other solve problems they encounter while creating and implementing their self-management program.

For virtual workshops, participants who do not have the necessary technology may be eligible to borrow an iPad from Healthy Living for ME in order to participate.

Registration is required for these workshops. Contact Healthy Living for ME at 800-620-6036 or [email protected] for more information and to register, or visit healthylivingforme.org.

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