Help yourself to chronic condition workshops

Five area health providers are offering six session workshops on how to live well with chronic conditions, Director of Grays Harbor Public Health and Social Services (GHPHSS) said Monday.

Some 20 spaces are available in each workshop for people with chronic conditions and their caregivers and they fill up fast, she said.

Conditions covered include many that are the most serious to Grays Harbor County residents, such as diabetes, chronic pain, cancer, arthritis, heart disease, obesity, osteoporosis, asthma, depression, fibromyalgia, migraines and HIV/AIDS.

The six groups pooled their efforts and offer the workshps based on the Stanford Self-Management Program developed at Stanford University. The workshops include a free book.

At the workshops, people learn how to deal with fatigue, isolation, how to manage symptoms effectively, how to make informed decisions about treatment and how to set and meet realistic goals.

The next general workshop runs from Aug. 8-Sept. 12 at Grays Harbor Community Hospital, every Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The next one with a special emphasis on diabetes, goes from Sept. 11 to Oct. 16, Wednesdays from 1 to 3:30 p.m. The chronic pain self-management workshop is scheduled by Coastal Community Action Program from Oct. 10 to Nov. 14, Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Groups participating include Grays Harbor Public Health, Community Hospital, CCAP, Sea Mar Community Health Centers, and the Olympic Area Agency on Aging. To register and see all the workshops and locations scheduled through February 2014, please go to the website, or call Paulette at 360-538-2457 or toll free at 866-583-1487.