Learn to overcome chronic disease pain at library programs

TOMS RIVER –   Three branches of the Ocean County Library will each offer a six-week long program about self-management of pain from chronic diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, pain and anxiety.

The programs will help people with chronic conditions overcome daily challenges and maintain an active and fulfilling life.  In this nurturing and encouraging program people will learn new ways to manage the symptoms of chronic pain and fatigue, overcome depression, manage stress, improve communications skills, increase energy and become stronger in mind and body.

Participants will also learn better nutritional habits and exercise choices, and get needed support when faced with a chronic condition.

The programs, offered through the Ocean County Office of Senior Services, will be held six consecutive weeks at the following branches:

Lacey, (609) 693-8566, 10 E. Lacey Rd., on Tuesdays, 1 to 3:30 p.m. beginning April 17;

Toms River, (732) 349-6200, 101 Washington St., Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. beginning May 9;

Manchester, (732) 657-7600, 21 Colonial Dr., Mondays, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. beginning June 11.

The programs will be led by trained peer leaders.  Refreshments will be served.

The programs are free and open to the public, but one must register to participate. Registration for the Lacey and Toms River series has begun. Registration for the Manchester program will begin April 23.

For more information or to register telephone the branch or go to the library’s Website www.theoceancountylibrary.org and select the “Events & News” drop-down menu.

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