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Chronic pain self-management workshop available

March 29, 2018 GMT

IRONTON — Senior citizens in Lawrence County who experience chronic pain - or those who care for them - are invited to attend a free course to learn more about living with and managing their pain.

The Area Agency on Aging District 7 will host “Chronic Pain Self-Management” on Fridays, April 13 through May 18, at the Briggs Lawrence County Public Library, 321 S. 4th St., Ironton.

Pre-registration is required by calling Vicki Woyan at the Area Agency on Aging District 7 toll-free at 1-800-582-7277, extension 22215 or e-mail vwoyan@aaa7.org or info@aaa7.org.

Chronic pain - defined as any pain that lasts for more than three months - can have a profound negative effect on a person’s well-being and qualityt of life leading to depression, exhaustion and isolation, according to a news release from AAA7. More than 100 million people suffer with chronic pain in the United States.

“Chronic Pain Self-Management” is an educational series presented AAA7 that is designed to help individuals age 60 and over with learning proven strategies to manage chronic pain and feel better. The program was developed with Stanford University and has been evaluated in clinical trials, according to the release.

People who participate in the program generally report more energy, less pain and improved mental health. They are also less dependent on others, more involved in everyday activities, and are more satisfied with their lives.

The class is not a substitute for medical treatment, but can give you tools and ideas to improve or complement treatments and other efforts to manage your pain. Participants will learn about treatment options and be better able to make informed decisions about the treatments that are right for them.

Classes are available to attendees at no cost and consist of six sessions held once a week.

Two experienced class leaders conduct the classes and provide interactive lessons and discussions. Attendees will receive a free book, “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Pain,” developed specifically for the class that covers topics such as managing specific chronic conditions, exercise, communicating with your doctor, managing medications, and more.

“Chronic Pain Self-Management” will give you the tools surrounding a number of topics, such as:

n Setting and achieving personal goals.

n Strategies to deal with pain, stress, fatigue and depression.

n Using physical ability to improve strength and flexibility.

n Using medications safely and effectively.

n Relaxation

n Communicating with your doctor and your family about your pain.

Learn more about AAA7 by calling 1-800-582-7277, visiting www.aaa7.org, or e-mailing info@aaa7.org. The Agency also has a Facebook page located at www.facebook.com/AreaAgencyOnAgingDistrict7.