Healthy Living for ME plans to kick off 2022 with several new workshop sessions. Available statewide — with in-person, virtual and telephonic options — the workshops address a variety of health needs and are open to adult Mainers of all ages.
“As we approach the New Year, many people are thinking about improving their health. Healthy Living for ME is here to help Mainers on their wellness journey, and we’re committed to making our workshops as accessible as possible to people across the state,” said Jen Paquet, training manager of Healthy Living for ME, according to a news release from the organization. “We encourage people to look through our upcoming workshops and contact us to register or discuss what we offer.”
Many of Healthy Living for ME’s workshops are free to the participant, while others have a low cost. For virtual workshops, participants who do not have the necessary technology may be eligible to borrow an iPad from Healthy Living for ME in order to participate.
The workshops that Healthy Living for ME has starting up in January are as follows.
• “A Matter of Balance” will be held in person at The Atrium at The Cedars in Portland on Tuesdays and Thursdays Jan. 4-27. The workshop emphasizes practical strategies to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels.
• “Living Well for Better Health” will be held virtually on Tuesdays Jan. 4 to Feb. 8. The workshop can help participants deal with ongoing conditions such as diabetes, COPD, arthritis, and high blood pressure. Topics covered include: handling frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation; appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance; appropriate use of medications; communicating effectively with family, friends and health professionals; nutrition; and evaluating new treatments.
• “Bingocize” will be held virtually on Wednesdays and Fridays Jan. 5 to March 11. This workshop combines a bingo-like game with exercise and health education with the goal of increasing older adults’ functional fitness, health knowledge, and social engagement.
• “Living Well with Diabetes” will be held virtually. Healthy Living for ME is offering two sessions that start in January; one will run on Thursdays beginning Jan. 6 and the second will run on Tuesdays beginning Jan. 25. This workshop can help people with prediabetes, type 2 diabetes, and their caregivers by covering topics such as: dealing with diabetes symptoms, fatigue, pain, hyper/hypoglycemia, stress, depression, anger, fear and frustration; appropriate exercise; healthy eating; appropriate use of medication; and working with healthcare providers.
• “Better Health Now” is conducted over the phone. The January session is scheduled to begin Jan. 6. Participants in this workshop receive a toolkit in the mail and work with a leader either by themselves or in small groups. Topics covered include: dealing with frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation; appropriate exercise; appropriate use of medications, communicating effectively with family, friends and health professionals; nutrition; and evaluating new treatments.
• “Better Health Now with Pain” is conducted over the phone. The January session is scheduled to begin on Jan. 11. Participants will receive a toolkit in the mail and work with a leader either by themselves or in small groups. Topics covered include pacing and planning, medication management, and the Moving Easy Program.
• “Tai Chi for Health and Balance” will have two sessions available. The first will be held virtually on Tuesdays and Fridays beginning Jan. 18 and the second will be held virtually on Mondays and Thursdays beginning Jan. 24. This workshop is focused on practicing Tai Chi, which can help participants improve balance and health as well as relieve pain.
• “Living Well with Chronic Pain” will be held in person at SeniorsPlus in Norway on Wednesdays Jan. 26 to Feb. 8. This workshop is designed for people who are dealing with persistent pain such as back pain, post-surgical pain, headaches, and other ongoing pain. Topics covered include: dealing with frustration, fatigue, isolation, and poor sleep; appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength; appropriate use of medications; communicating effectively with family, friends and health professionals; nutrition; pacing activity and rest; and evaluating new treatments.
• “Building Better Caregivers” will be offered online on Wednesdays Jan. 12 to Feb. 16. This program was designed for family caregivers of people with an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), dementia, and/or any other condition that affects memory. During this workshop caregivers are able to come together to learn and receive support from others going through similar caregiving experiences; this is beneficial as for many caregivers, caregiving itself is a new role — one for which training and support is needed, just like any new job.
Advance registration is required for these workshops.