Learn to manage chronic conditions
At the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center we are aware that a diagnosis of a chronic condition — such as diabetes, asthma, arthritis and hepatitis C — can change your life forever.
Managing the symptoms with diet, exercise and medication is constantly on your mind. Is it OK to eat this food? Do I have to make another trip to the pharmacy?
Before your diagnosis you went to the doctor perhaps once a year and now you have regular follow-ups and blood tests.
And we can't ignore the emotions, the feeling of envy when you see someone move freely up the stairs without pain, or watching someone eat whatever they want without a care in the world.
Living with a chronic condition is more than just taking medicine.
To help you learn to live more easily with a chronic condition, the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center is hosting a series of workshops titled "Living Well With Chronic Conditions."
The workshops will be held from 3-5:30 p.m. Thursdays, starting March 12 and continuing through April 16 at the center.
"Living Well With Chronic Conditions" is a self-management program. Small groups of people with different chronic health problems attend together and are facilitated by trained leaders, one or both of whom are nonhealth professionals with a chronic disease themselves.
The workshop is a perfect opportunity to learn more about how to manage a chronic disease and find support. Cost is $5 per person.
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The lunch menu this week features tuna casserole on Friday, March 6; stuffed peppers on Monday, March 9; and puttanesca on Wednesday, March 11. Cost is a suggested donation of $4 for those 60 and over and $5 for everyone else.
The LOACC is located at 505 G Ave., Lake Oswego, 97034. A list of activities and support groups can be found at loacc.info, using the menu found on the left side of the website, click on "Activities" and "Services" for more details. Call 503-635-3758 to register for classes, events, make lunch reservations or schedule a massage.
Maria Bigelow is a program supervisor for the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center.
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