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Carroll Bureau of Aging and Disabilities to offer workshops on living with chronic illness

Beginning in March, the Carroll County Bureau of Aging and Disabilities will again offer its free workshops on living with chronic health conditions, Living Healthy, Living Well.

The workshops will be held weekly for six weeks in 2 1/2-hour-long morning or afternoon sessions at the county’s five senior and community centers, and will provide training and tips for living with, or supporting people living with diabetes, arthritis and other ongoing medical conditions.

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The workshops will not focus on material specific to any one condition, but instead cover generalized skills and topics, from nutrition to medication management to relaxation techniques and more, that can help people manage any chronic condition.

“You’ll receive information and advice for healthy eating and nutrition, relaxation techniques, short-term goal setting, planning for the future, feedback and problem-solving, stress and depression management and communicating effectively with friends, family and your medical team,” a bureau media release about the workshops reads.

Morning workshop sessions will run from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Fridays from March 1, through April 5 at the South Carroll Senior and Community Center, 5928 Mineral Hill Road, Sykesville; on Tuesdays, March 19 to April 23, at the Westminster Senior and Community Center, 125 Stoner Ave., Westminster and on Mondays, April 8 to May 13, at the Taneytown Senior and Community Center, 220 Roberts Mill Road, Taneytown.

Two afternoon sessions will be held 12:30 to 3 p.m. on Thursdays, March 21 to April 25, at the North Carroll Senior and Community Center, 2328 Hanover Pike, Hampstead, and on Wednesdays, April 10 to May 15, at the Mount Airy Senior and Community Center, 703 Ridge Ave., Mount Airy.

The Mount Airy sessions will be focused solely on diabetes.

The workshops are based on a curriculum developed at Stanford University and were initially launched by the bureau in the fall of 2017.

For more information or to register for the current workshops, call 410-386-3818 or send email to LivingHealthy@carrollcountymd.gov.

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