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Date: August 29, 2005

Taking Control of Chronic Conditions

Asthma, bronchitis, heart disease, arthritis and depression are but a few of the ailments that many people live with daily. Starting in September, UVic’s centre on aging will be offering a series of courses designed to help people experiencing these conditions improve their quality of life. The free six-week courses are part of the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, a partnership with the Vancouver Island Health Authority and the Silver Threads service. The courses are offered at many locations in Victoria throughout the fall. Led by volunteers, many of whom are living with a chronic condition, the courses are open to people age 19 and up. Family, friends, caregivers and neighbours of people experiencing chronic conditions are also welcome to attend the courses, which offer information, problem-solving strategies, and more.

The courses are offered at the following locations:

September 14 to October 19:
Esquimalt Health Unit: Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Oak Bay Recreation Centre: Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

September 20 to October 25:
Gordon Head Recreation Centre: Tuesdays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

September 22 to October 27:
Sunrise Senior Living: Thursdays from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Fairfield Activity Centre Society (New Horizons): Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon

September 29 to November 3:
Sidney Silver Threads at the SHOAL Centre: Thursdays from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

October 5 to November 9:
Silver Threads, Saanich: Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

October 12 to November 23:
Kiwanis Village: Wednesdays from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

October 17 to November 28:
Panorama Recreation Centre: Mondays from 9:30 a.m. to noon

November 1 to December 6:
Oak Bay Recreation Centre: Tuesdays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

November 2 to December 7:
Esquimalt Health Unit: Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

November 3 to December 8:
Sunrise Senior Living: Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Gordon Head Recreation Centre: Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

For more information or to register, visit www.coag.uvic.ca/cdsmp or contact Mark Davies at 1-866-902-3767 or mvdavies@dccnet.com
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Media contacts:
Mark Davies (Centre on Aging) at (604) 940-3580 or mvdavies@dccnet.com
Jessica Gillies (UVic Communications) at (250) 472-5667 or ucom1@uvic.ca

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