Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop
Live active. Live healthy. Learn successful living with chronic disease.
Whether its diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, cancer or any other chronic disease, those suffering from chronic conditions face a number of common challenges. It could be fatigue, confusion on treatment, stress or other related symptoms; all additional complexities that come with an already-difficult health condition. That's why Mercy has partnered with Stanford University to offer the Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop.
Six weeks to take control again. For 2½ hours once a week, participants are trained by specially-trained peer leaders. The program is designed to help you or a caregiver learn a healthy way to live with chronic conditions.
As a result of the class, participants will receive solutions for overcoming tiredness, sleeping issues, a sense of being alone, breathing difficulties, loss of energy, and many other issues associated with managing a chronic disease.
We want to empower you to get the most out of each day.
Topics include how to:
- Manage your symptoms
- Communicate effectively with your health care providers
- Stop feeling alone and isolated
- Reduce fatigue, stress, frustration and anxiety
- Make your daily tasks easier
- Incorporate relaxation and breathing exercises into daily life
- Develop an action plan and set goals
- Feel empowered to take back control of your condition and get the most out of each day
Each participant will receive a copy of the book "Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions" plus a relaxation tape to aid in continuing what is learned during the course at home.
Who Should Attend
Who should consider the course? People with chronic long-term conditions such as:
- Lung and Breathing Disease
- Heart disease and Stroke
- Or any other condition that requires self-management
It is also for a friend, caregiver, or relative who would benefit from the problem-solving skills related to managing a chronic condition. You can be younger, older - it doesn't matter. What's important is a desire to learn the important benefits of these skills.
Interested in participating in the Successful Living with Chronic Conditions workshop? Contact Kathy Baragary at (319) 398-6012 or via e-mail to register or for more information.
This workshop is brought to you by Mercy Medical Center in coordination with Heritage Area Agency on Aging.