Living Healthy with a Chronic Condition

Living Healthy with a Chronic Condition

Chronic Disease Self Management Program

Feel Better. Be in control. Do the things you want to do.
This Chronic Disease Self Management Program helps you gain control over your health and improve your quality of life. The program is free and available for anyone over the age of 18 living in Onondaga County. Each participant receives a free book, "Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions" as well as the CD, "Relaxation of the Mind and Body."

The program is a six session, peer-led health education program for people and/or their caregivers with any type of ongoing health condition and complements the care of the healthcare that person may already be receiving.

Topics covered include:

  • Decision making and problem-solving skills
  • Developing and maintaining a safe, long-term physical activity program
  • Fatigue management
  • Dealing with anger, depression and difficult emotions
  • Cognitive management of pain and stress
  • Communicating effectively with family, friends and health professionals
  • Using prescribed medication appropriately
  • Healthy eating
  • Making informed treatment decisions
  • Planning for future health care
  • Participants are invited to bring a family member, friend and/or caretaker

The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program curriculum was developed at Stanford University's Patient Education Research Center. For more information about the program, please visit Stanford's Patient Education Research website.

The Living Healthy with a Chronic Condition Program is made possible through a partnership with OASIS, Upstate Medical University, The Advocates for Upstate Medical University and the Onondaga County Department of Adult and Long Term Care Services.

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