Senior workshops for better health

Learning to live with pain, improving energy, and better understanding how medications work are some of the points of interest in a series of free workshops being offered on Fridays at the Wilton Senior Center.

The Live Well Program will be offered Fridays beginning Sept. 21 from 9:30 to noon, and running through Oct. 26.

It is intended for adults age 60 or older with one or more conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, anxiety, depression, heart or lung disease, asthma, cancer or chronic pain and their caregivers.

According to information from the senior center, it a nationwide, evidence-based health promotion program developed by Stanford University to help adults living with chronic conditions manage their health and maintain active, fulfilling lives.

Workshops encourage participants and caregivers to:

• Find practical ways of dealing with pain and fatigue;

• Discover easy exercises that will improve or maintain strength and energy;

• Learn the appropriate use of medications;

• Improve nutritional choices;

• Talk effectively with family, friends and health professionals;

• Understand new treatment choices; and

• Feel better about life.

This series is designed to energize both older adults with chronic health conditions and those who care for them. Led by two trained facilitators, the workshops cover new topics each week and provide opportunities for interaction and group problem solving.

Live Well is sponsored by the Southwestern Connecticut Agency on Aging, the Connecticut Department of Social Services Aging Services Division and the Connecticut Department of Public Health.

Participants may set their own goals and develop a step-by-step plan to improve their health.

Space is limited. Call 203-834-6240 to register. For more information visit and click on "Benefits and Services" and "Live Well Program."