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Chronic Disease Self Management Program


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Senior Connections in partnership with the Richmond City Health District and the Chesterfield Health District is now offering a workshop entitled Chronic Disease Self-Management Program. This free program endorsed by the U.S. Surgeon General, meets once per week for six weeks for approximately two hours. The goal is to enable participants to build self-confidence and to assume a major role in maintaining their health and managing their chronic health conditions. Numerous studies have shown that this workshop will decrease symptoms, improve behaviors, improve self-efficacy, and sometimes decrease health care utilization.

The program led by lay professionals, many with chronic diseases themselves, gives people the confidence, motivation and coping strategies they need to manage the challenges of living with a chronic health condition through feedback, action planning, behavior modification, problem-solving techniques and decision making – which are applicable to all chronic diseases.

Program participants should be adults experiencing chronic health conditions such as: high blood pressure; arthritis; heart disease; stroke; lung disease and diabetes. However, any long term health condition that impacts one’s daily activities are encouraged to attend. Participants can also be family members, friends and caregivers of those with a chronic health condition. During the six week program, participants are taught to control their symptoms through: relaxation techniques; changing their diets, managing sleep and fatigue; using medications correctly; exercising and communicating with health providers.

If you or your organization is interested in hosting this six week program with a class size of at least 10-16 people, contact Charles Lee at 804-205-3734 or charles.lee@vdh.virginia.gov.


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For more information:
Charles Lee

804-205-3734
charles.lee@vdh.virginia.gov

 

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Last Updated: 10-31-2012

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