Managing pain

Aging Well workshop to address chronic health issues


If you go

What: "Healthier Living: Managing Ongoing Health Conditions" presented by the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association's Aging Well Program

When: 1 p.m. Feb. 21 and 28, March 7, 21 and 28, and April 4

Where: South Routt Community Center, Oak Creek

Cost: Free

Call: For more information or to register, call the Aging Well Program at 871-7642.

A free six-week series aims to help South Routt residents suffering from chronic pain or illness.

Molly Fetcher, senior outreach coordinator for the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, said the "Healthier Living: Managing Ongoing Health Conditions" series is designed to provide residents and their family members with valuable information to mitigate ongoing health issues.

"This series is for people who want to take control of their chronic disease, whether it be arthritis, asthma, diabetes or chronic pain," she said.

Each class, which begins at 1 p.m. Feb 21, is scheduled to last 2.5 hours or less. Material will include information about how diet, exercise, meditation and other relaxation practices can influence the management of chronic pain.

"Our hope is that the participants will walk away with a better understanding of how their diet and exercise can positively impact pain management," she said.

The VNA's Aging Well Program is one of three Colorado agencies selected to implement the program through a state grant from the U.S. Administration on Aging, Fetcher said.

The program being taught was developed at Stanford University and is practiced in 16 states, she said.

Plans for introducing the series to Steamboat Springs' residents are in the works, Fetcher said.

The series is beginning in South Routt because of a group of residents already taking a series on arthritis, she said.

"We've already got a pretty good group of people there that we thought would transfer well," she said.

Fetcher urges residents to attend all six workshops to maximize results and to register soon because class sizes are limited. Anyone is welcome to attend the series, regardless of age. Participants' family members also are encouraged to attend.

For more information or to reach Fetcher, call 871-7642.

- To reach Alexis DeLaCruz, call 871-4234

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