WorkLife offerings to cover finances, family, stress management and more

March 26, 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.

Never Too Soon! Retirement Planning
April 4. 4:10-4:50 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 320.
There's no such thing as "too soon" when it comes to retirement planning. This session presents planning strategies for the "Millennial" and "Gen-X" generations.


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.

Parent Roundtable: Beware the Bully
April 3. 12:10-12:50 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 322.
Join a roundtable discussion on bullying, focused on helping parents help their children learn to cope and lessen the lasting impact of bullying.

Parents Raising Safe Kids: Resolving Conflicts in a Positive Way -- Understand Conflict, Anger, and Anger Management
April 5. 12:10-12:50 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 318.
Conflict and anger can be common occurrences -- what is key is how we deal with them. Learn strategies for understanding and managing anger as parents.


Subdue the Sugar Monster
April 12. 12:10-12:50 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 318.
Do you find yourself caught up in daily cravings for sweets? And despite your best intentions, never able to say "no" to them? This class explores the impulses behind our desire for sweet foods, and how taking steps towards managing these desires can keep that pesky "Sugar Monster" at bay.


Mindfulness Meditation
April 4. 12:10-12:50 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 302.
To decrease stress, improve mood and boost immune function, participants will learn mindful meditation techniques and learn to be fully aware of what is going on in the present moment.

April 11. 12:10-12:50 p.m. Freehafer Hall, Rooms 2-1 and 2-2.
Qigong is similar to yoga and tai-chi and has been practiced in China for more than 4,000 years. "Qi" means vital life force or energy, and "Gong" means form. Participants will practice this exercise that builds energy in the body and assists with natural healing through slow, graceful movements, focused breathing and meditation. Participants are asked to wear tennis shoes and bring a yoga mat, beach towel or blanket.

Stress and the Communication Gap
April 11. 4:10-4:50 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 318.
Build stronger relationships through a better understanding of those around you.

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