Controlling Chronic Conditions
Mrs. Flynn is one of many local older adults working to actively regain control over their health – and their life by participating in one of the evidence-based Healthy Living workshops offered by Springwell.
Mrs. Flynn, who is in her early 60’s, has high blood pressure and Type-2 Diabetes. When she first joined The Diabetes Self-Management Class offered by Springwell and held at her community center, her weekly action plan included portion control at every meal and exercise. She committed to walking for one mile a day, 3 days a week. She also worked on managing her portion sizes better, trading in her large bowl of cereal in the morning for a smaller bowl.
By the end of the six-week workshop, Mrs. Flynn was walking a mile nearly every single day, it made her feel so good. She had lost some weight and was looking forward to seeing her doctor’s surprise at her next checkup. Her inspiration? The workshop leaders, like those pictured above, and seeing others successfully making changes to their lifestyles helped Mrs. Flynn realize that she could do it too.
Springwell offers a number of programs that help adults take charge of improving their health and well-being.
Diabetes Self-Management, Chronic Disease Self-Management, Chronic Pain Self-Management, and Powerful Tools for Caregivers workshops are offered in community locations including adult education centers, community centers, Councils on Aging, and some doctor’s offices.
The Healthy Living Program is one of Springwell’s innovative approaches to the health and wellness needs of our communities. It is helping to empower those with chronic illnesses, as well as those who provide care – offering the tools, confidence and support for participants to assume primary role in managing their condition and in improving their quality of life.