MMH Offers free program for Chronic Disease Self-Management

 MMH Offers free program for Chronic Disease Self-Management

 
The program was developed for people with chronic health problems including heart disease, lung disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, cancer, high blood pressure, fibromyalgia and others.  
 
The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program is an evidence-based program developed by Stanford University.  The research showed that program participants improved their healthful behaviors (exercise, cognitive symptom management, coping, and communication with their physicians), improved their health status (self-reported health, fatigue, disability, social/role activities, and health distress), and decreased their days in the hospital.    There was also a trend toward fewer outpatient visits and hospitalizations among participants.
 
Program workshops are held for two and a half hours, once a week, for six weeks. The program was developed for people with chronic health problems including heart disease, lung disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, cancer, high blood pressure, fibromyalgia and others.  Caregivers of individuals with chronic conditions are also encouraged to attend.   People with different problems attend the same workshop together because the topics covered are common to all conditions. 
 
Massena Memorial Hospital will be holding a six week Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop starting Wednesday, September 21 – October 26th. The workshop runs each Wednesday from 4 pm-6:30 pm in the Community Education Room. Registration is free of charge.
 
Program topics include: 
1) Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation, 
2) Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance, 
3) Appropriate use of medications, 
4) Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health care professionals, 
5) The benefits of good nutrition, and, 
6) How to evaluate new treatments.
 
There is also great emphasis on three process skills; action planning, disease related problem solving and decision making.
 
"The program is designed to help people gain self-confidence in their ability to control their symptoms and how their health problems affect their lives,” said MMH Performance Improvement Coordinator/Nursing Operations Supervisor Whitney Jarvis. Jarvis and MMH Registered Nurse Aimee Raymonda will be instructing the six week workshop.
 
The Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop gives people the tools they need to help give themselves a happier healthier life,” said Raymonda. “It's all about giving people the support and information to maintain healthier lifestyles.”
 
The classes are highly interactive, where mutual support and success build the participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives.
 
For more information or to sign up for the free workshop, please call the MMH Public Relations office at 315-769-4262.
 
 

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