Living Well Classes
Living Well with Chronic Conditions Self-Management Program is a workshop given two and a half hours, once a week, for six weeks, in groups of 10-15 individuals at community settings such as senior centers, churches, libraries and hospitals. People with different chronic health problems attend together. Workshops are facilitated by two trained leaders, one or both of whom are non-health professionals with a chronic diseases themselves. Workshops are FREE.
Subjects covered include:
- Techniques for frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation
- Appropriate exercise to maintain and improve strength
- Appropriate use of medications and proper nutrition
- Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals
- How to evaluate new treatments
Results of Living Well:
- Increased Self-Reported Health
- Increased Energy
- Increased Activities & Social Roles
- Increased Aerobic Activity
- Increase Stretching and Strengthening
- Increased Cognitive Symptom Techniques
- Better Communication with Physicians
- Decreased Health Distress
- Decreased Fatigue
- Decreased Hospitalization
Participants include anyone with an ongoing pain or illness such as:
- Chronic Joint Pain
- COPD or Emphysema
- Heart Failure
- High Blood Pressure
- High Cholesterol
- Kidney Disease
Family members, friends, or caregivers are also welcome to attend.
Workshops are FREE. Class materials (book, CD) may cost depending on location.
- To read more about this evidence-based program developed at Stanford's Patient Education Research Center, visit their website by clicking here.
- To watch a video about the program's development in partnership with Kaiser Permanente click here.
- To overview the basics of the CDSMP/Living Well program in Utah, click here to view a presentation.