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Help Available for Seniors Dealing with Chronic Conditions
Release Date: March 11, 2008


Seniors dealing with chronic conditions and/or their caregivers are invited to participate in “Project Healthy Living,” a FREE six-week, 2 ½ hour per week, course based on a chronic disease self-management model developed at Stanford University. The program is a collaboration of the Sussex County Division of Senior Services, NORWESCAP RSVP, Newton Memorial Hospital, the NJ Department of Health & Senior Services – Division of Aging and Community Services, and the NJ Department of Human Services - Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services. Each week, the interactive class led by a team of Peer Leaders, who are also dealing with chronic conditions themselves or as caregivers, will assist participants in building the skills necessary to manage symptoms; communicate effectively with healthcare professionals; develop healthy lifestyles including good nutrition and exercise; alleviate fear, anger and frustration; make daily tasks easier; and get more out of life. The course is supplemented with a manual, “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions,” that is provided to each participant at no cost. Upcoming classes are scheduled at the following locations and times:

Sparta Senior Center/ Silver Café
Thursdays, April 10 – May 15, 2008
1:30 pm -4 pm

Sussex County Homestead, Newton
Wednesdays, April-23 - May 28, 2008
3-5:30 pm

Space is limited. Register today by contacting the Sussex County Division of Senior Services at 973-579-0555 or via e-mail: seniorservices@sussex.nj.us

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