Healthy Living for ME Announces Fall Workshops for Mainers living with diabetes and other chronic conditions

This fall, Healthy Living for ME is hosting virtual and phone workshops focused on helping Mainern living with diabetes and / or other chronic conditions, including pain.

“Improving chronic disease management through lifestyle changes and management strategies can really improve a person’s overall quality of life,” said Jen Paquet, ME Training Manager at Healthy Living. “With these nationwide programs, our goal is to improve the general well-being of Mainers by helping individuals address their individual needs and better manage their own health.”

Upcoming workshops available nationwide through Healthy Living for ME include:

Living well with diabetes will be carried out virtually and will offer workshop options from October 12th. Living Well with Diabetes is designed to help people with type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetics learn a good life. Topics covered during the workshop include: techniques for dealing with the symptoms of diabetes, fatigue, pain, hyper / hypoglycemia, stress, depression, anger, anxiety and frustration; appropriate exercises to maintain and improve strength and endurance; to eat healthy food; adequate use of medication; and working with healthcare providers.

Better health now with diabetes provides attendees with all of the educational benefits of the Living Well with Diabetes workshop, but attendees will receive a free mail order toolkit and work on workshop materials with a leader by phone or zoom either individually or in small groups. Workshops on Better Health Now with Diabetes will be available starting November 10th.

Live well with pain will be carried out virtually and will offer workshop options from October 18th. This workshop is intended for people who are struggling with persistent pain such as back pain, post-operative pain, headache, and other aches and pains that persist for more than three months despite treatment. Topics covered during the workshop include: techniques for dealing with frustration, fatigue, isolation, and poor sleep; appropriate exercise to maintain and improve strength; adequate use of medication; effective communication with family, friends, and health professionals; Nourishment; Stimulation activity and rest; and how to evaluate new treatments.

Better health now with pain provides attendees with all of the educational benefits of the Living Well with Pain workshop, but attendees will receive a free mail order toolkit and work with a leader on the workshop materials by phone or zoom, either individually or in small groups. Workshops on Better Health Now with Pain will be available starting November 2nd.

Better health now is a workshop that aims to help people with chronic diseases such as heart disease, arthritis, diabetes or other diseases. Participants in this workshop will receive a free toolkit in the mail and work with a leader by phone or ZOOM at set times alone or in small groups. Several Better Health Now workshops are planned for this fall, including one slated to begin on October 25th. The topics of the workshop include: techniques for dealing with frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation; suitable exercises to maintain and improve strength, flexibility and endurance; appropriate use of medication, effective communication with family, friends, and health professionals; Nourishment; and how to evaluate new treatments.

Mainers who want to attend the virtual workshops but do not have the required technology can borrow an iPad through Healthy Living for ME.

These workshops are free for all adult Mainers dealing with chronic illnesses or diabetes, or their caregivers, but prior registration is required. Please contact Healthy Living for ME at 1-800-620-6036 or [email protected] for more information and to register. You can also register through our website www.healthylivingforme.org.

Healthy Living for ME also welcomes recommendations from healthcare providers. Our evidence-based programming can help patients manage and prevent illnesses before they get worse or lead to emergencies.

To learn more about these and other Healthy Living for ME workshops, visit www.healthylivingforme.org.