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Chronic conditions program starts March 5

Louise Rolland will lead a six-week course on chronic condition self-management at the Gibsons Public Library. Photo submitted

“I want to make the beautiful meals I once made for my family.” Those are the words of a 38-year-old woman, one of the participants in a province-wide self-management program called Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions. Her arm is paralyzed by stroke. “I set a goal to make one simple meal a week, and that’s pretty good.”

This program runs for six Mondays March 5-April 16, 1-3:30pm free, at the Gibsons Public Library. It will be led by Louise Rolland, of the University of Victoria’s Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health.

The program participants learn to develop coping skills in a group setting to deal with the demands of a chronic illness. Volunteer peer leaders, who are trained by the Self-Management BC staff to run the programs, meet with groups of 10 to 16 participants for 2 1/2 hours, once a week for six weeks, at no cost to the participant.

For more information Toll Free: 1-866-902-3767.


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