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Living with pain workshop planned

The active aging programs of Catholic Charities of Southern Minnesota is now offering a “Living Well with Chronic Pain” workshop series, according to a press release. “Living Well with Chronic Pain” is a  free workshop series for those experiencing symptoms related to ongoing pain conditions, such as arthritis, heart disease, fibromyalgia, migraines, overweight, anxiety, depression and other conditions that leave people feeling tired, alone, fearful or limited in day-to-day activities. “Living Well with Chronic Pain” is a group workshop designed to build confidence in managing the symptoms experienced from chronic pain to maintain or improve health.

“Living Well with Chronic Pain” is a six-session workshop series that meets weekly. It is designed to help those with on-going pain conditions who are looking for better ways to manage the health symptoms they experience. During the six-session series, people will receive support from trained leaders and other participants with chronic health conditions. Participants report that it is very helpful to meet others in similar situations and share strategies and solutions to common problems, the release stated.

“Living Well with Chronic Pain” focuses on self-management tools such as problem-solving and decision making, while action planning encourages participants to take steps to better manage their pain. The workshop includes the moving easy program designed to improve flexibility safely by gently loosening muscles and joints and increasing circulation.

“Living Well with Chronic Pain” will be provided online through video-conference. Participants must have access to the internet and have a personal computer, laptop or tablet device with a camera, microphone and speakers. Participants will receive help accessing the video-conference platform, and can get one-to-one telephone help to work through specific technology challenges. Weekly classes will be two hours and are available for adults 18 years and older with chronic conditions and their caregivers. Registration is now open for the workshop that meets 10 a.m. to noon weekly Oct. 8 through Nov. 12. Classes will be for six consecutive Thursdays and participants should attend each weekly session.

Space is limited, and registration must be done by Sept. 23. To register or for more information, contact Diana Madsen at DMadsen@ccsomn.org  or 507-459-0426.