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 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
- Better communicate with your doctor, dietitian or nurse
- Reduce frustration
- Fight fatigue
- Make your daily tasks easier
- Incorporate appropriate breathing exercises
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Take back control of your condition
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:
- Heart Disease
- Lung Disease
- Osteoporosis and all others!
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. Mercy's Chronic Disease Workshop was also featured in Catholic Health World Magazine.
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, and endorsed by Linn County Public Health.