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Free help in Erie County for the chronically ill

Four out of five older adults have at least one chronic health condition, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Those dealing with those conditions can get a better sense of how to best treat them during the next several weeks courtesy of the Erie County Department of Senior Services.

The department starting Wednesday will offer a free series of six, 2½ hour, weekly Living Healthy Program Chronic Disease Self-Management classes at the South Wales Community Center, 6387 Olean Road in Wales. Classes also are planned soon in Grand Island, Buffalo and Orchard Park.

Classes will be run by trained leaders who have a personal understanding about living with chronic conditions including hypertension, arthritis, heart disease, lung disease and diabetes

The interactive health education program, developed by Stanford University, is designed to help those with chronic conditions, as well as caregivers, better manage the challenges of living with chronic illness.

Goals include increased energy and physical activity; better management of stress and of pain; increased participation in activities; spending less time in the hospital; improving communication with health care providers; and more confidence in the ability to manage a chronic condition.

Participants who complete the workshop series will receive a copy of the book "Living Healthy with Chronic Conditions," and a Relaxation for Mind and Body CD.

To register, contact Kelly J. Asher at 858-8081 or Ruthie at 652-4269 or go to and enter the zip code 14139 in the “search workshops” box.

See a listing of current offerings elsewhere at on the Wellness page.  

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