Living Well with Chronic Pain


What is Living Well with Chronic Pain?


Chronic pain is often defined as any pain lasting more
than 12 weeks. Whereas acute pain is a normal sensation
that alerts us to possible injury, chronic pain is very
different. It persists, often for months or even longer. 


Having a chronic pain can make life a challenge but
you can learn to live well!

Living Well with Chronic Pain classes will help you
discover practical ways to live better and healthier. 


Participants learn about effective, non-pharmacological
strategies for symptom management and general
wellness by using action-planning, brainstorming
and problem-solving to identify and pursue goals
for health and life. 


Each session includes six, two and a half hour, classes 
for a small group led by two trained facilitators.


This nationally recognized program was developed
by Stanford University Program Administrator, Kate Lorig.


During the class, participants learn:

  • Techniques to deal with frustration, fatigue, pain, isolation and poor sleep

  • Exercises for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility and endurance

  • Appropriate use of medication

  • How to communicate effectively with family and health care professionals

  • Proper nutrition

  • How to evaluate new treatments

  • Pacing activity and rest



Who Should Attend Living Well with Chronic Pain Class?

The program was designed to benefit community-dwelling older adults who:

  • Have a primary or secondary diagnosis of chronic pain (e.g., pain lasting longer than 3 to 6 months or beyond the normal healing of an injury)

  • Have chronic musculoskeletal pain (e.g., LBP), fibromyalgia and/or neuropathic pain

  • Are able to engage in group discussion

  • Feel socially isolated and/or depressed due to pain

This class is not appropriate for individuals who will disrupt group dynamics
or for those acutely incapacitated by severe illness or physical limitations.

To find a class near you check out our calendar or for more 
information about this educational program please contact 
Carol Bye at (218) 745-9104!


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