SENIOR SERVICES TO STAY HEALTHY
The LiveWell Chronic Disease Self-Management Program is an evidence-based program created at Stanford University’s Patient Education Research Center. The goal of the program is to provide the tools with which people can better manage their chronic illnesses and health issues. The program includes six weekly workshops that discuss techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation; appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance; appropriate use of medications; communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals; nutrition; and how to evaluate new treatments. Workshops are held in community settings such as senior centers, churches, libraries, clinics, and hospitals. The workshops include people with many different health conditions and are led by two trained leaders who may be professionals or peer leaders living with a chronic condition or caretakers of someone with a chronic condition.
The program is built upon three underlying assumptions:
- Regardless of the chronic condition, people have similar problems and concerns and face similar challenges.
- People can learn the skills needed to better manage their disease and the day-to-day issues they face.
- People who understand and take control of their condition will be healthier and happier.
The Live Well Program is sponsored by NCAAA in conjunction with the CT State Unit on Aging and the CT Department of Public Health.