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Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, Live Well, Virginia!
August 10 @ 1:00 pm - September 14 @ 3:30 pmFree
LOA Offers Free Workshop at Lewis Gale
LOA will offer its free Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, Live Well, Virginia! in the Education Building at Lewis Gale Medical Center.
Program participants meet once a week for six weeks on Thursdays from 1:00 to 3:30 pm. The program begins on August 10 and continues through September 14. “It’s free, it’s fun, and it’s empowering,” says Ann Hodges, LOA Program Coordinator. “This marks the fourth year we have offered Live Well, Virginia! at Lewis Gale, and we draw participants from various departments at Lewis Gale as well as the surrounding community.”
This workshop is just one of several being scheduled at locations all over the Roanoke Valley with starting dates throughout the year. Hodges explains, “LOA continually expands its reach into the community, and our long-term goal is to offer this program at times and locations that make it possible for every adult with a chronic condition to attend.” The program will also be offered at The Hermitage and New Horizons Healthcare this fall.
This free program is for caregivers and for persons with chronic conditions such as arthritis, COPD, heart disease, Parkinson’s, cancer, MS, diabetes, or hypertension. “Research shows that people with chronic conditions have symptoms in common. At the most basic level, the challenges are the same, so the tools and skills imparted work for everyone,” says Hodges.
Live Well, Virginia! is evidence-based and uses a curriculum developed by Stanford University that is offered in all 50 states and 26 foreign countries. In the interactive and supportive workshop setting, participants learn a variety of tools to help them self-manage their symptoms, to speak confidently with their health care providers, and to advocate for themselves in the health care system.
Enrollment for the workshop at Lewis Gale is limited to 18. Please register with Ann Hodges, LOA Program Coordinator, at (540)761-9046 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. “This program changes lives,” says Hodges, “and LOA is proud to offer it in our community.”
For more information and to find out about other workshops, visit www.loaa.org.
About Local Office on Aging
The Local Office on Aging (LOA) is a non-profit organization proudly celebrating more than 45 years of service helping older persons remain independent for as long as possible. LOA serves Alleghany, Botetourt, Craig and Roanoke counties, as well as the cities of Covington, Roanoke and Salem. Through more than 25 community based services, LOA is able to effectively carry out its mission by providing nutrition, education, advocacy and socialization to persons 60 and older. LOA is a 501(c)(3) agency. Visit www.loaa.org for additional information.
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