When you're looking for ways to live healthy - even if you have chronic health conditions - you can find support and tools at MaineGeneral.
MaineGeneral's Living Well programs are free.
If you're an adult living with an ongoing health condition that makes daily living challenging, Living Well is for you.
We meet for 2-1/2 hours once a week for six weeks.
Living Well for Better Health is for adults living with any type of ongoing health condition. You will learn:
- New ways to deal with fatigue, pain, stress, depression, frustration, weight concerns and other symptoms
- How eating healthy and physical activity can help
- How to talk with family and friends about your health concerns
- How to be a member of your health care team
Living Well with Chronic Pain is for adults living with chronic pain. You will learn:
- How to balance activity with rest to avoid overdoing
- Ways to improve sleep
- About medications that help with pain
- Gentle movement exercises that help pain
Living Well with Diabetes is for adults with Type 2 Diabetes. You will learn:
- How to avoid the complications of diabetes
- How to monitor your blood sugar
- How exercise can help your blood sugar
- How to plan and eat healthy, balanced meals
- About foot care and what to do when you’re ill
National Diabetes Prevention Program
If you're an adult at risk for developing type 2 diabetes or have pre-diabetes, the National Diabetes Prevention Program can give you tools to stay healthy and prevent the disease.
The program is free and provides access to a lifestyle coach in a weekly one-hour group setting. The group meets for 16 weekly sessions, then every other week for the rest of the year.
Programs are offered in local fitness centers, community settings or in primary care offices.
This program’s focus is on gradual lifestyle changes, resulting in fat and calorie reduction and increased physical activity.
Peer Support for Chronic Disease
Our trained volunteers can support you in managing ongoing chronic health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, MS, chronic pain, weight concerns, arthritis, scleraderma, family caregiver concerns and other health conditions.
Known as "peer navigators," they provide support over the phone or in person that includes:
- Providing encouragement and a listening ear
- Helping you find ways to manage your condition better and work toward your health goals
- Helping you find needed health care services and community resources
- Joining you for a walk, an exercise class or just to sit and have coffee together
Peer navigators are especially helpful because they share their experiences of managing their own conditions.