Council on aging hosting workshops

XENIA — The Greene County Council on Aging is hosting Healthy U, a series of six weekly workshops to help those with chronic diseases manage symptoms.

The workshops will be held 1:30-4 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 19 through Oct. 24 at the Greene County Council on Aging, 1195 W. Second St. Space is limited and advance registration is required by calling Pam Dorsten at 937-376-5486 or emailing

Workshops are open to adults of any age who have a chronic health condition and/or their caregivers. There is no charge for participants who are 60 years of age or older. The $15 fee for younger participants is paid by the Greene County Council on Aging. Everyone who completes the course receives the companion textbook, Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions.

Healthy U is an interactive, small group workshop that has been proven to improve quality of life and reduce health care expenses by increasing self-confidence and providing new skills so that participants can better manage their symptoms and feel healthier. Instead of focusing on any one disease, participants explore new ways to address challenges common to anyone with a long-term health problem.

The program focuses on common problems like chronic pain, nutrition, exercise, medication use, emotions, and communicating with doctors and family about your illness. Participants develop skills and coping strategies to manage their symptoms through action planning, interactive learning, problem-solving, decision-making, and social support.

Xenia Daily Gazette

Xenia Daily Gazette news report compiled by Scott Halasz.