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Managing Chronic Illness

Take Control of Your Health

Do you have a chronic disease like arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, emphysema, asthma, bronchitis, COPD, or depression? Or, are you trying to find a way to cope with chronic pain? Do you want to be healthier and feel more in control? We offer classes to help you learn to manage your condition day-to-day and cope with the symptoms and emotional impact of living with a chronic condition.

Personal Action Toward Health (PATH) is a community workshop that meets once a week for six weeks. It’s held in a small-group setting and is often led by instructors who are living with a chronic condition themselves, so they have a first-hand understand of the challenges. The small group setting can help you build the community of support you will need to stay focused on your journey toward better health.

With PATH, you’ll learn how you can:

  • Make an action plan
  • Solve problems
  • Deal with difficult emotions
  • Relax
  • Manage pain and fatigue
  • Making informed treatment decisions
  • Work better with your health care professional

Classes Throughout Metro Detroit

Classes are held in neighborhood settings like senior centers, community centers and religious centers. There are classes focused specifically on managing diabetes and managing chronic pain. Call us at (833) 262-2200 or email wellnessprograms@aaa1b.com. We’ll help you find a class near you. You can also see our list of  Upcoming Area Agency on Aging 1-B Health and Wellness Classes.

No Cost

There is no cost for the class, but donations are always appreciated. They help us bring the classes to more people.

Ready to Start? Registration is Easy

Just call (833) 262-2200 or email wellnessprograms@aaa1b.com for information or to register. (Advanced registration required.)

Chronic Pain Management Classes

Family Medical Center of Michigan
130 Medical Center Dr., Carleton
Begins June 18 1pm – 3:30pm

Older Persons Commission
650 Letica Dr., Rochester
Begins September 12 9:30am – 12pm


Personal Action Toward Health Class (PATH)

Solberg Tower Senior Community
27787 Dequindre Rd., Madison Heights
Begins June 19 1pm – 3:30pm

Ann Arbor Senior Center
1320 Baldwin Ave., Ann Arbor
Begins July 20 9am – 11:30am

Berkley Parks and Recreation
2400 Robina, Berkley
Begins September 13 1pm – 3:30pm


Diabetes Personal Action Toward Health Class (D-PATH)

Family Medical Center of Michigan
130 Medical Center Dr., Carleton
Begins June 15 1pm – 3:30pm

Orion Center
1335 Joslyn Rd., Lake Orion
Begins August 13  6pm – 8:30pm

Sterling Heights Senior Center
40200 Utica Rd., Sterling Heights
Begins August 16 9:30am – 12pm


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