Registration open for two free workshops to help people prevent falls and manage pain
VISALIA – Registration is open for an eight-week workshop that will
help people prevent falls, one of the main causes of hospitalizations,
and a six-week workshop that will help people with chronic pain learn
how to better manage their health.
These free Empowerment for Better Living workshops are being offered throughout
2019 by Kaweah Delta’s Community Outreach Department in Visalia,
Dinuba and Lindsay. To register for a program, call 559-624-5615 or visit
Falls Prevention Workshop
Each year, 2.8 million older people are treated in emergency departments
for fall injuries. It’s important to know that falling is not a
normal part of aging. Simple changes to one’s home, management of
when and how they take medications, plus increased exercise to improve
strength and balance can reduce a person’s risk. Anyone who is concerned
about falling or has a loved one whose balance has them concerned can
enroll in this workshop. Attendees will learn to view falls as controllable,
set goals for increased activity, make changes to reduce fall risks at
home and exercise to increase strength and balance. Class size is typically
around eight to 12 participants and each session lasts two hours.
The Matter of Balance workshops will take place on the following dates
and times at the Kaweah Delta Chronic Disease Management Center, 325 S.
Willis St. Visalia:
- February 5-March 26, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (every Tuesday for eight weeks)
- September 24-November 12 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (every Tuesday for eight weeks)
Additionally, Kaweah Delta will offer the following workshops in Dinuba
- Matter of Balance workshop from February 6-March 27 from 2-4 p.m. (every
Wednesday for eight weeks) at Dinuba Senior Center, 437 N. Eaton Ave., Dinuba.
- Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention from January 21-April 10 from
10:30-11:30 a.m. (every Monday and Wednesday), at Palm Terrace Apartments,
700 W. Hermosa, Lindsay.
Chronic Pain Self-Management Workshop
This workshop was developed by Dr. Kate Lorig at Stanford University and
is now being offered at Kaweah Delta’s Chronic Disease Management
Center. This program was designed for people who have a primary or secondary
diagnosis of chronic pain. Pain is defined as being chronic or long term
if it lasts for longer than three to six months or beyond the normal healing
time of an injury. Examples of chronic pain conditions are: neck, shoulder,
back pain, fibromyalgia, whiplash injuries, strain injury, pelvic pain,
post-surgical pains that lasts longer that six months, diabetic neuropaths,
persistent headaches, etc. This is a six-week, 2.6 hour workshop series
facilitated by two trained leaders in small groups of 10-12 participants.
Participants receive the Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Pain book
and the Moving Easy exercise CD.
The Chronic Pain Self-Management Program workshops will take place on the
following dates and times at the Kaweah Delta Chronic Disease Management
Center, 325 S. Willis St. Visalia:
- April 3-May 8 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. (every Wednesday for six weeks)
- October 3-November 7 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (every Thursday for six weeks)