Workshops

Interactive Evidence-Based Workshops Available to teach effective tools for self-managing your condition. Learn to LIVE WELL and improve your self-care. You can regain motivation, and may even reduce healthcare costs. Each workshop meets 2.5 hours one day a week for 6 weeks.

Call (517) 592-1974 for more information about the workshops and the schedules.

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PATH

PATH (Personal Action Toward Health) is designed for people with chronic health problems including but not limited to heart disease, lung disease, kidney failure, anxiety, depression, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and more. In this interactive workshop, people are taught effective tools to better self-managing their condition and its impact on their life. Includes topics such as pain and fatigue management, dealing with difficult emotions, and getting a good night’s sleep. You choose your own goals! Caregivers and significant others are also welcome to sign up and attend as active participants.

Arvilla came to her first PATH workshop as a caregiver for her husband, who had been dealing with a debilitating chronic health condition for years. She joined a 2nd workshop for herself called Diabetes PATH. During that workshop, she found that her own personal goals were met through weekly action planning. She became more active, started better-managing her diabetes, and felt motivated for self-care again. She even started back to work part time. Now she’s excited about the weight she has lost and how nicely her clothes are fitting, reporting a renewed sense of being in control of her own life again.

Diabetes PATH

Diabetes PATH (Personal Action Toward Health) is designed for people with diabetes or pre-diabetes. Includes diabetes education and support in an interactive workshop style. People are taught effective tools to better self-manage their condition and its impact on their life. You choose your own goals! Caregivers and significant others are also encouraged to sign up and attend as active participants.

Cancer PATH

Designed for all cancer survivors regardless if they are recently diagnosed, in active treatment, or living beyond treatment. In this interactive workshop, people are taught effective tools to better self-manage their condition and its impact on their life. We address topics such as relationships and communication, living with uncertainty, managing difficult emotions, and more! Caregivers and significant others are also welcome to sign up and attend as active participants.

JoAnn came to Cancer PATH with a goal to manage her weight and her diabetes better, while also learning how to live well despite having a cancer diagnosis. She says the leaders were “so helpful and encouraging. The action plan that I follow every week has been extremely helpful. My A1C is much better, along with my blood pressure, and I have lost a few pounds.” She thanked her healthcare provider for recommending the workshop, stating “This has been such a big help to getting me on the right path to managing my weight.”

Chronic Pain PATH

Designed for people with chronic pain. In this interactive workshop, people are taught effective tools to better self-manage their condition and its impact on their life. Managing chronic pain is more than taking medications. We address a variety of topics including fatigue management, dealing with difficult emotions, and pacing & planning. Includes the Moving Easy Program: safe exercises to improve strength, flexibility, and endurance. Caregivers and significant others are also welcome to sign up and attend as active participants.

Matter of Balance

This interactive workshop promotes the belief that falling and fears about falling are controllable. It aims to reduce fall risk, increase physical activity, and reduce fears about falling. Includes an exercise program designed to increase balance, strength, coordination, and stability. Caregivers and significant others are encouraged to sign up and attend as active participants.

Creating Confident Caregivers

For people caring for someone at home with memory loss. This interactive workshop increases caregiver skills for managing behaviors, knowledge about dementia and memory loss, and methods to manage the stress of caregiving. It also encourages peer support and self-care. Free respite care is provided during the workshop for the person with memory loss so that caregivers can attend. Ask for details on respite care arrangements when signing up for a workshop.

Diabetes Self-Management Training

An 8-week program for people on Medicare with a diagnosis of diabetes to achieve personal goals and better manage their diabetes. Includes attending the Diabetes PATH workshop along with pre and post-workshop visits 1 on 1 with a registered dietitian for a personally designed treatment plan. You choose your own goals! Physician referral is required.

Medical Nutrition Therapy

Provides an opportunity for you to meet with a dietitian and discuss your needs, concerns, and goals to live a healthy lifestyle even with a chronic condition.

Advanced Care Planning

Advance care planning helps people understand decisions that we all face concerning end of life care. Participants learn how to make sure they receive the level of care they prefer, how to let others know what to do when they are too sick or unable to express themselves, and permit people they trust to act on their behalf. Learn how to create and share a care plan in a safe, no-pressure environment.

Assistive Technology

Learn about technologies that can make it easier and safer for people with disabilities and older adults to live independently.

What is Assistive Technology and Why Would I Need It?

A general overview of the types of devices available to assist people to be more independent at home.  Simple technologies can help with daily activities, home control, computer and smart phone use, safety, recreation, and more.  We will focus on low cost, low tech solutions and touch briefly on some systems to help those with higher needs.

Controlling Your Home

A look at some of the options to make controlling devices in your home easier. For people who have difficulty using the standard controls TVs, lights, door locks, and more can be operated with alternate inputs, remote controls, or the functions can be automated. 

Engaging People with Memory Loss using Tablets

We will discuss ways to help people with memory loss maintain function and stay connected with family and friends.  The focus will be on using tablet-based activities to facilitate interactions with some inclusion of access issues and memory aids. 

Home Monitoring for Safety

An introduction to technology that helps people stay safe when alone in their homes.  From emergency call buttons, auto shut-offs for stoves, and devices that send a text when your routine changes, many options are available.  We will discuss the benefits and drawbacks of some of the available systems.

Caregiver Support

Creating Confident Caregivers is a FREE 6-week class that can help reduce your caregiving stress by:

Improving your confidence as a caregiver, helping you create a positive caregiving environment, learning how to manage and redirect challenging behaviors, sharing ideas for daily activities for your loved one based on their strengths, and learning to take better care of yourself so you can provide good care for your loved one.

   



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Request a Workshop

We offer different workshops to meet the needs of wide range of people. If you have a space large enough to accommodate 20 – 25 people and would like to host a workshop call us for more information. We can also provide speakers for civic, church, business group. Call our office at 800-335-7881 or 517-592-1974 or email us at info@r2aaa.net for more information.

Be a Workshop Leader

If you would like to volunteer to lead a workshop please contact our office at 800-335-7881 or 517-592-1974 or email us at info@r2aaa.net.

Throughout the year we provide training for those who would like to become workshop leaders. Classes are scheduled at various times and places. Matter of Balance is a two day training; Diabetes PATH is a four day training.

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