No-cost workshops for people managing chronic disease and their caregivers


People living with chronic diseases and their caregivers can learn to manage long-term health challenges in two no-cost workshops starting locally later this month. PATH (Personal Action toward Health) provides skills and tools to help anyone with long term health problems, such as high blood pressure, chronic pain, depression, anxiety, cancer, kidney disease, arthritis, or other diseases. Powerful Tools for Caregivers provides coping strategies for anyone who is a family caregiver. The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (NKFM) and the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living have partnered to make these programs accessible to persons with disabilities and their caregivers. The six-week classes run concurrently so that someone with a chronic disease and their caregiver can attend at the same time:

PATH/Powerful Tools for Caregivers
Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living
3941 Research Park Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 4818
Begins Wednesday, February 27 and runs every Wednesday through April 3
5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

PATH participants learn to:
-manage everyday activities with an action plan
-ease symptoms and decrease stress
-communicate effectively with loved ones and health care providers
-avoid disease complications
-increase energy and improve overall health

Powerful Tools for Caregivers participants learn to:
-decrease stress and cope with difficult emotions
-increase confidence in managing caregiving demands
-communicate better with family, friends, and healthcare providers
-set goals and solve problems
-locate community resources

To register, email or call 734-222-9800. To find other PATH classes throughout Michigan, visit or

About NKFM
The mission of the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan is to prevent kidney disease and improve the quality of life for those living with it. The NKFM is widely known for providing more programs and services to more people than any other region or state. The organization is recognized for its success in sound fiscal management by receiving a 4-star rating, for the last 11 years in a row, from Charity Navigator—the nation’s leading charity evaluator.


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