Living life well

Do you or a loved one suffer from a chronic condition?

The Montana: Living Life Well Chronic Disease Self-Management Program is a program that might be for you.

Workshops meet once a week for six weeks. Each session lasts two hours. During the sessions, participants learn skills needed in the day-to-day management of chronic health conditions such as arthritis, asthma, diabetes, heart and lung disease, and to maintain and/or improve their ability to carry out activities of daily living. Family members and other support people for those with a chronic health condition are also encouraged to attend.

The workshop does not address specific illnesses; rather, it addresses the challenges common to many long-term illnesses, such as pain, fatigue, physical limitations and difficult emotions. Participants who completed the workshop demonstrated significant improvements in exercise, ability to do social and house hold activities, less depression, fear and frustration or worry about their health, reduction in symptoms like pain, and increased confidence in their ability to manage their condition.

To inquire about this workshop series (beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 1:30 p.m. at the Eagles Manor in Lewistown) and for more information on the Montana: Living Life Well program, please contact Denise Seilstad, MSU Extension agent, 535-3919 or stop by the Fergus County Extension Office at 712 W. Main St. in Lewistown.

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