Skip to main content

Take Charge of Your Health: Chronic Disease Self-Management

Illinois AgrAbility Webinar Series
An ear of field corn, dirty worn work glove, and stethoscope sitting on a wooden table.
Event Date(s)
Event Time

Symptoms from chronic pain can make farm tasks an extra chore.

Experiencing symptoms from chronic disease is a daily and often private occurrence for many. Illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, depression, liver disease, bipolar disorder, or other chronic long-term conditions can cause symptoms such as fatigue, sleeplessness, anxiety, and frustration. These can be difficult to manage each day.

For farmers and farm families, these symptoms can slow progress on and off the farm, making everyday tasks sometimes impossible. Illinois AgrAbility emphasizes the importance of being proactive with agricultural health and safety and providing opportunities to help individuals in the agriculture industry through the Take Charge of Your Health: Chronic Disease Self-Mangement webinar series this summer.

Registration Details

  • Registration Deadline: July 8.
  • Register once to attend as part of a class of 12 participants who attend all series sessions.
  • Session dates include July 15, July 22, July 29, Aug. 5, Aug. 12, and Aug. 19.

About the Chronic Pain Management Webinar Series

The six-part series will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Mondays from July 15 through August 19. The virtual series is free, but registration is required by July 8. Space is limited to 12 total attendees who sign up once to participate as a class attending all summer sessions. The chronic disease management webinar series is grant-funded and a partnership between University of Illinois Extension, Illinois AgrAbility, Age Options, and specialists from Illinois Extension family life and health teams. 

Expanded versions of weekly topics can include: 

  • Adding safety with fall prevention.
  • Learning better breathing techniques.
  • Working effectively with health care professionals.
  • Creating action plans for problem-solving and decision-making.

Participants will receive a hard copy of Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions as an additional resource. For series questions, contact Haley Jones, AgrAbility program coordinator, at, 217-244-2948.

About Illinois AgrAbility

Illinois AgrAbility provides direct services and solutions to farmers, veterans, and farmworkers in Illinois with disabilities so they can maintain their independence and continue farming. Illinois AgrAbility is a program within Illinois Extension and is funded by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture NIFA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture USDA, under sponsored project number 2022-41590-38130.

Stay in the loop with everything AgrAbility by subscribing to their email list for program updates, events, and more at Join AgrAbiliity News

To learn more about Illinois AgrAbility, visit To request services, contact Illinois AgrAbility at or 217-244-2948.

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate, please contact