Mercy is offering a Chronic Disease Self Management class to be held at Racine Christian Church in Neosho. It’s a six week class, held every Tuesday from 3:00pm-5:00pm starting January 14th. Participants will learn how to manage symptoms s such as fatigue, pain, stress and depression while trying to find a way to live life to the fullest. Chronic illness can affect up to 91% of older adults and includes conditions such as arthritis, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, cancer and diabetes. The class focuses on problems that are common with most chronic conditions and helps find solutions for pain management, nutrition, exercise, medication use, emotions and communicating with your doctor. You will meet others with the same condition and build supportive relationships. Participants that complete the class report improvement in exercise and the ability to participate in one’s own care, improved health status in fatigue, shortness of breath, pain, social activity limitations, depression and health distress. Fewer outpatient visits, fewer emergency room visits, and shorter lengths of hospital stay have been reported. Participants will receive the book “Living A Healthy Life with Chronic Disease”, a pedometer, tote bag and other items. The program is sponsored by a grant from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and SWMO Regional Arthritis Center. To reserve your spot in this FREE 6 week class, call 417-776-2280.