Dealing with chronic illness, like diabetes

Chronic illness — such as diabetes, arthritis or COPD — is a growing health problem in the United States that many people live with day in and day out, year after year.
In cooperation with the Wilton Public Health Department, Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County will offer a free, six-week program called Live Well to help those with a chronic illness and those who are caring for them. Workshops will be held Tuesdays from 4:30 until 6, beginning May 19 and continuing through June 23, at the agency’s offices in Suite 114 at the Health and Wellness Center, 761 Main Avenue, Norwalk.
Unlike acute illnesses such as pneumonia, or a bone fracture, which when treated by a physician can be healed or cured, chronic illness is long standing and can lead to further health problems, hospitalizations and possibly a loss of independence.
“Over time, if not managed properly, a chronic illness can negatively impact quality of life,” said Melody Matheny-Orpen, community health nurse for the agency.
“In these interactive workshops we will discuss healthy eating, exercise, medication management, fall prevention and developing a positive patient-physician partnership. Participants will learn coping skills as well as how to manage stress, improve communications and maintain independence.”
For information, or to register, call Matheny-Orpen at 203-762-8958.