Free six-week workshop starts 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 18, at the Milwaukie Center

The Social Services Division at Clackamas County is a offering free six-week workshop series on living your best with either chronic conditions or diabetes.

Starting Wednesday, April 18, a workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. six consecutive Wednesdays at the Milwaukie Center, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive, Milwaukie.

Facilitators will not give advice, but rather will share techniques and tools with the intent to help people find hope and useful options for feeling better while living with a chronic illness.

"Trained peer leaders point out techniques and tools to help you expand your quality of life while living with your condition (or that of a loved one)," said county community relations specialist Scott Anderson. "Participants learn self-management techniques to fight fatigue, problem-solve, make decisions and reduce stress. Additional topics include action planning, relaxation techniques, healthy food choices, physical activity and helpful ways to communicate with others, including your provider."

Caregivers are welcome to take the training. Participants will receive a free resource book and relaxation CD.

To reserve your spot in one of the workshops or ask questions, call the Family Caregiver Support program at 503-650-5605.

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