The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program teaches community members with chronic conditions how to manage their condition and live a healthy and happy life.
The objectives of the program are to:
- Support those with chronic conditions to live health and happy lives
- Hold Healthier Living Self-Management Workshops
- Provide information and tools to help community members better manage their chronic conditions
The program includes evidence-based Self-Management Workshops. It was developed at Stanford University. The program is now licensed through the Self-Management Resource Center in Palo Alto, California.
Calaveras County Healthier Living Workshops include:
- Managing Chronic Health Conditions
- Diabetes Self-Management
- Chronic Pain Self-Management
Each workshop is taught by a trained community member affected by a chronic condition. There is no cost, no insurance involved or doctor’s referral needed to attend. The workshops and materials are free. Information is taught as well as skill building and group activities. Chronic conditions can be physical or mental illnesses or long term health conditions such as arthritis, asthma, heart disease, depression, anxiety, diabetes, COPD, high blood pressure, obesity and Parkinson’s disease. People with chronic conditions as well as family members, friends and caregivers are welcome to attend.
The books “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions” and “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Pain” can be checked out at the Calaveras County Library. People who take the workshops get the books for free. The books have the tools and information that help people self-manage chronic conditions.