The Vitality Initiative at Phelps presents the Living Well-Livable Communities Program. Developed at Stanford University's School of Medicine, Living Well is a series of six workshops designed to help seniors manage their chronic health problems. The workshops are given by specially trained volunteers who are learning to deal with their own long-term health problems. By having seniors take on more responsibility for managing their health, they can improve the quality of their lives and maintain a more active lifestyle. The trainers provide seniors with strategies to modify their behavior through physical activity and exercise, changes in their diet, and techniques to handle pain, frustration and fatigue. They also learn how to use medications correctly and better communicate with their families and healthcare providers. The program helps participants develop a plan and set weekly goals that help them realize success in accomplishing small, incremental goals.

The Living Well program is in partnership with Westchester Community College, which coordinates the Livable Communities programs for the northern region of Westchester County. It is funded by New York State's Office for the Aging through Westchester County's Department of Senior Programs and Services (DSPS).

The workshops at Phelps will be held on Friday mornings from 10 am - 12:30 pm in the 755 Building, Room 515. The dates are October 18 and 25, and November 1, 8, 15 and 22. For more information contact Ellen Woods at 914-366-3937 or ewoods@pmhc.us.