“CHRONIC DISEASE SELF-MANAGEMENT” PROGRAM
Based on research from the School of Medicine - Stanford University.
Across the USA at participating facilities.
The "Chronic Disease Self-Management" Program is held once a week, for six weeks, in senior centers, churches, libraries, and hospitals.
Chronic disease workshops are facilitated by trained leaders and non-health professionals who have a chronic disease themselves.
Subjects covered include:
-Techniques to deal with chronic health problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain, and isolation
-Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals about chronic conditions
-Appropriate exercise for maintaining health and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance
-Appropriate use of medications for chronic disease
-How to evaluate new treatments
Each participant in the "Chronic Disease Self-Management" Program receives a copy of the companion book, "Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions" and an audio relaxation tape, "Time for Healing."
Classes are highly participative, where mutual support and success build the seniors and others confidence in the ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives.
The "Chronic Disease Self-Management" Program also goes by the name “Living Well with Chronic Conditions” in Wisconsin
A list of chronic diseases according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may include:
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Genital Herpes (Herpes Simplex Virus)
HPV (Human papillomavirus)
MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus)
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Trichomonas Infection (Trichomoniasis)