September 13, 2011 |

Workshops help older adults manage health issues

The Allegheny County Department of Human Services Area Agency on Aging announced the fall schedule for its Better Choices, Better Health (BCBH) program, a free six-week workshop designed to provide tools for living a healthy lifestyle for adults age 60 and older with an ongoing health issue, including arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and other conditions that affect a person's daily life.

@"The Better Choices, Better Health workshops succeed because they are highly participative, and the mutual support provided by peers and other workshop participants helps build confidence in the participants' ability to manage their health and maintain active, fulfilling lives," said John Miller, AAA program coordinator.

@Workshops are held once a week for two and a half hours at one of 18 community settings throughout the county, including senior centers, churches, libraries and hospitals.

South Pittsburgh area workshops include:

South Side at St. John the Baptist Church, 1720 Jane Street on Mondays, Sept. 19-Oct. 24, from 1-3:30 p.m. Call Barbara at 412-381-0521 to sign up.

Knoxville at St. Paul A.M.E. Church, 400 Orchard Place, Fridays, Sept. 30-Nov. 4, from 1-3:30 p.m. Call Cheryl at 412-478-4020 to sign up.

@Trained leaders, who also serve as peers for the workshop participants, conduct the workshops. Through these weekly sessions, workshop attendees learn techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation; appropriate exercises to maintain and improve strength, flexibility and endurance; appropriate use of medications; how to effectively communicate with family, friends and health professionals; proper nutrition benefits; and how to evaluate new treatments.

@For more information about Better Choices, Better Health, including other workshop locations and starting dates, call 412-350-4242 or visit www.alleghenybetter health.org.

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