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4/24/2021 4:17:00 PM
Gaston County Senior Center Offers Free Programs
The Gaston County Senior Center will also have an eight-session workshop called A Matter of Balance, an essential workshop for those who are prone to falls.  It will beh hld Tuesdays and Thursdays May 25th - June 17th.  More details about that workshop will be coming in a later article.  

Wayne Howard
Reporter


The Gaston County Senior Center and the Centralina Area Agency on Aging are joining in offering multiple classes that are intended to improve the lives of senior citizens.

Beginning this week, they'll be offering a Living Healthy Virtual Workshop series starting Wednesday (April 28th).  No need to worry about the coronavirus; you can participate from the comfort of your home. Living Healthy is a six-week program for people with chronic conditions and their caregivers. Chronic conditions are ongoing health issues and include diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, depression, heart disease, chronic pain, anxiety, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, and others.

“We welcome everyone to participate in this free class. The goal is to help people better manage their health conditions and deal with the frustration, fatigue and pain that can accompany a chronic disease.”

Farrell Breithaupt, a participant in a previous class and now an instructor says, “I was tired.  I hurt all the time.  It felt like my health problems were telling me what I could and could not do.  Living Healthy workshop put me back in charge.  Now I have the energy to do the things that matter.  I’ve put life back into my life.”

Past participants report increased energy, reduced stress, more self-confidence, and fewer doctors’ visits as a result of taking the Living Well workshop.

During the six-week session, participants receive support from trained leaders and other workshop participants, learn practical ways to manage their stress and fatigue, learn about healthy eating and exercise options, foot care, relaxation techniques, learn better ways to communicate about their diabetes condition with doctors and family members, problem-solving and goal setting.

Living Healthy was created by Stanford University’s Patient Education Research Center and is supported by the NC Center for Health and Wellness at UNC-Asheville. The state’s goal is to put healthy options within reach for all North Carolinians and offering these self-management workshops is a way to ensure that people with chronic diseases like diabetes have the support they need to access those options and live well.

You must pre-register for the class. To pre-register, please contact the Gaston County Senior Citizens Center at 704-922-2170 or contact Ellen Fenters at 704-922-2165 or ellen.fenters@gastongov.com; but you must do it by Monday (April 26th) the last day to pre-register for this class. There are a limited number of seats available. 

This is a free class. All materials will be provided to you at no cost.

One of the main challenges for older adults is living with type 2 diabetes.  Younger people are sometimes also diabetic, but the problems are more prevalent in seniors.  

For people with type 2 diabetes, good medical care is just half of the equation.  Equally important is the ability to make healthy decisions, follow your doctor’s recommendations, and take care of your condition.

The Gaston County Senior Center will offer a workshop, Living Healthy with Diabetes, beginning May 3rd.  This a workshop teaches people with type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes what to do to have less stress, fewer complications, more energy and fewer hospitalizations.  It's actually open to  adults of all ages who have diabetes.  The workshop will be offered at the Gaston County Senior Center, 1303 Dallas-Cherryville Highway.  It begins May 3rd  and will run thorugh June 7th.

There’s a significant need for support for people with diabetes, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls the most common, costly and preventable of all US health problems. Diabetes is also a leading cause of death and disability, responsible for seven out of ten deaths each year.

“The good news,” says instructor Farrell Breithaupt, who is also a Type 2 diabetic, “is that people who know how to take care of their diabetes can live successfully with their disease.  The Living Healthy with Diabetes workshops are a wonderful complement to medical care, equipping people to live well outside the doctor’s office so they can make the most of their treatment and live the lives they want.”

Living Healthy with Diabetes workshops are delivered in six two-and-a-half-hour weekly sessions. They are taught by two certified leaders; either one or both are non-health professionals who have diabetes themselves and will lead the workshop from their own experience.

“It is amazing to see the change that occurs after people go through the workshop,” says Ellen Fenters. “People are more confident, energetic and have a new support system in place, all of which helps them lead a healthier life.”

During the six sessionx, participants receive support from trained leaders and other workshop participants, learn practical ways to manage their stress and fatigue, learn about healthy eating and exercise options, foot care, relaxation techniques, learn better ways to communicate about their diabetes  with doctors and family members, problem-solving and goal setting.

Living Healthy with Diabetes was created by Stanford University’s Patient Education Research Center and is supported by the NC Center for Health and Wellness at UNC-Asheville. 

If you want to be a part of this workshop, you must be able to attend at least four of the sessions which begin May 3rd and will meet weekly 9 - 11:30 AM at the Gaston County Senior Center.  You must also register not later than by May 11th.  Register by calling 704-922-2170 or 704-825-4678 or email bbreithaupt@carolina.rr.com. 



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