Workshop focuses on chronic pain

TROY — The Area Agency on Aging will offer a program, Healthy U, to help people get better control of their chronic pain.

The series of six weekly workshops will be held at Upper Valley Medical Center, 3130 N. County Road 25-A, Troy, on Mondays, Oct. 29 through Dec. 3. Workshop sessions begin at 9:30 a.m. and end no later than noon.

Workshops are open to adults of any age who have chronic pain and/or their caregivers. There is no charge to attend, but space is limited and advance registration is required by contacting Ann Finnicum at (937) 341-3020, (800) 258-7277, or Everyone who completes the course receives the companion textbook, Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Pain, the Moving Easy CD, and a relaxation CD.

The Healthy U Chronic Pain Self-Management Workshop helps people develop the skills and coping strategies to better manage their symptoms and feel healthier. It 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.

The workshop focuses on pain management, nutrition, exercise, medication use, emotions, and communicating with doctors and family about your pain. Moving Easy, a gentle movement program, is introduced in week 3. Participants learn to manage their symptoms through action planning, interactive learning, problem-solving, and social support.

The Area Agency on Aging, PSA 2 helps older adults of west central Ohio remain in their homes with independence and dignity. We are an independent, private, nonprofit corporation that plans and funds services for older persons in Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene, Logan, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, and Shelby counties.