Free series on chronic conditions starts Monday at senior center
The first in a series of six programs on living with various, chronic health problems is scheduled Monday, Oct. 17, at the Westport Center for Senior Activities.
The first session is scheduled from 1 to 2 p.m. and will be an overview of the Live Well series. The free workshops are designed to help those who struggle to manage diabetes, arthritis, asthma, high blood pressure, heart or lung disease, pain, depression or other chronic health conditions, according to Barbara Butler, the town's human services director.
Subsequent sessions are scheduled from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on successive Mondays from Oct. 24 through Nov. 28. The program is open to primary caregivers, as well as those struggling with the conditions.
Topics to be covered include techniques to deal with isolation, frustration, fatigue and pain; how to make a successful action plan; suitable exercises for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility and endurance; appropriate use of medications; how to communicate feelings effectively with family, friends and health professionals; and nutrition.
The Live Well program is a collaborative project by the Westport Human Services Department, the Westport-Weston Health District, the Southwestern Agency on Aging and the United Way of Coastal Fairfield County.