Course offers help for coping with chronic illness

Life with a chronic condition can be a trial, and a course offering assistance will start Monday, Oct. 31.

Life with a chronic condition can be a trial, and a course offering assistance will start Monday, Oct. 31.

Mary Trott, a retired physician from Cariboo Memorial Hospital, and  Maureen Tickner, an RN with many years of experience working with seniors, are  the leaders of this free course presented by Elder College.

The interactive course is structured around strategies for coping with difficult issues and chronic conditions that may afflict anyone who is aging.

Each session will provide opportunities for questions and answers and  discussions.

A free book is included with the program, which is sponsored by the University  of Victoria Centre on Aging.

Classes will be from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 31, Nov. 7, 16, 21, 28 and Dec. 5, all Mondays except for Wednesday, Nov. 16.

All classes will be open to anyone of any age, not just seniors, and will be in the Williams Lake Library meeting room.

Pre-registration is not required.

“Some role playing and humour is involved, but it’s seriously important to learn some coping skills, no matter what one’s condition is, in order stop it from controlling you and to take control instead,” Tickner says. “It’s very gratifying to see this happen in our workshops.”

 

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