WorkLife offerings to cover chronic conditions, family and relationships, stress management and more

March 12, 2012

Checking out the WorkLife Programs classes coming up in the next few weeks, then registering and attending, can lead to some valuable information for one's total well-being.


Chronic Disease Self Management (six-week program)
Mondays, March 26-April 30. 3-5 p.m. State Street Office Facility, 1601 W. State St.
Chronic disease can disrupt the routine of life and have an impact on emotions. WorkLife Programs is  partnering with Area IV Agency to offer a highly participative and supportive program for those who have chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, arthritis, pulmonary disease or fibromyalgia. Participants will meet for six weeks, using two-hour sessions each week to help fortify their abilities in self-management skills. Topics include techniques to deal with problems such as 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 how to evaluate new treatments. Each participant will receive a copy of the Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions workbook along with a relaxation CD. This program, workbook and CD were developed based on a five-year study by researchers at Stanford University. Two leaders who have been trained to facilitate this program will present.


Making Sure You are Secure
March 28. 12:10-12:50 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 320.
Security is more than locking your front door at night. Get some expert tips on keeping yourself safe while traveling the information superhighway.


What Keeps Your Communication From Being Effective in Intimate Relationships
March 15. 12:10-12:50 p.m. Haas Hall, Room 111.
What is and is not effective communication? How mindful are you of how you communicate and how you are perceived? This workshop will provide mindfulness tools for self-discovery and effective communication in intimate relationships.

The Caring Community
March 20. 12:10-12:50 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 313.
Caring for an aging or disabled loved one? You're not alone. Discover a wealth of help and hope through the many organizations that cater to caregivers.

Managing Work and Caregiving
March 29. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 310.
This fun, engaging and informative workshop is designed to reduce caregiver burnout, provide information to caregivers and address specific needs for resource information.

Roundtable: Difficult Parents/Changing Roles
March 29. 12:10-12:50 p.m. Purdue Memorial Union, Room 103.
Assisting elderly parents has emotional and psychological ups and downs. Come learn some new ways to cope and avoid harmful behavior patterns.


How to Prevent GI Distress
March 22. 4:10-4:50 p.m. State Street Office Facility, 1601 W. State St.
Understanding how the digestive system works is the first step to preventing GI distress. Learn how healthy eating can help ease so many common disorders, such as heartburn, constipation, diverticulitis and IBS. The class will also discuss how to live successfully with chronic conditions such as lactose intolerance and an allergy to gluten.


Deep Breathing and Guided Imagery
March 21. 12:10-12:50 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 306.
Guided imagery is a technique to direct thoughts and suggestions that direct your imagination toward a relaxed, focused state. Participants will practice deep breathing and using their senses to connect their body and mind and respond as though what they are imagining is real.

To register for these or other offerings, go to and log in with your career account and password, or call WorkLife Programs at 49-45461.

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