WATERVILLE — Spectrum Generations will sponsor a free, four-day leader training for the Living Well for Better Health Chronic Disease Self-Management workshop series. Trainings will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 15, 16, 22 and 23, at the Thayer Center for Health.

The program is a series of six, two-and-a-half hour classes held weekly for six weeks. People with different chronic health problems attend together. Program participants can demonstrate significant improvements in symptom management, communication, exercise, general health, fatigue, disability and social/role activities limitations.

The workshop is led by pairs of leaders who have chronic health conditions themselves, or take care of someone with a chronic condition. The leaders follow a structured-workshop outline that builds the confidence of participants to manage their own health condition.

Spectrum Generations provides ongoing support and class materials to trained leaders. Characteristics necessary to become a leader include being comfortable facilitating and speaking in front of groups. Once training is completed, leaders then co-facilitate one or more workshops within six months.

Leaders who have facilitated the Living Well for Better Health workshops say they have experienced “a more positive feeling about their health condition,” as well as improved “confidence in managing their own chronic health condition.” Leaders also say they experience “a sense of accomplishment” and enjoy “making a positive difference in the lives of workshop participants.”

For more information, contact Jennifer Fortin at Spectrum Generations, at 620-1657 or [email protected].

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