A growing number of persons suffering from major chronic illnesses face many obstacles in coping with their conditions. Chronic diseases are conditions that are usually not immediately life threatening, however they place substantial burdens on the health, economic status and quality of life of individuals, families and community. People with chronic conditions must deal not only with the disease(s), but also with the impact on their lives and emotions.
According to a recent study, 79% of non-institutionalized people age 70 and over report having at least 1 of the most chronic conditions affecting this age group. Those conditions include:
Evidence suggests that a program to help individuals, family members, friends, and care-givers through a self-management program can help improve health. Living Healthy is an education program that is being offered locally – with an aim to increase the knowledge of people living with chronic conditions and teach them the skills to better manage those conditions. The program provides information and teaches practical skills.
All individuals, who participate in a chronic diseases self management program, will learn about the following subjects:
Discussing problems common to individuals suffering from chronic diseases
Problem solving techniques
Treatment decision making
Cognitive management of pain, stress, anger, depression and other negative emotions
Communication with family, friends and physicians
Nutrition and development of a long-term exercise program
A study of past program participants found that hospital stays were reduced; communication with physicians was improved; and participant energy and confidence in their ability to manage conditions improved.
Living Healthy will not conflict with existing programs or treatments. It is designed to enhance regular treatment and disease specific instruction.
Enthusiasm is growing for the role of a self management program in controlling and preventing chronic diseases. If you are living with a chronic disease and want to register for a self management program, a free weekly workshop given over 6 weeks is now being offered locally.
Dates and locations include:
John Duke Senior Center
1201 Hyde Park Blvd
Niagara Falls, NY
Thursdays from 1:00 – 3:30pm
9/5, 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, and 10/10
The Dale Association
33 Ontario Street
Lockport, NY 14094
Fridays from 1:00 – 3:30pm
9/6, 9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, and 10/11