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Chronic Disease, Chronic Pain, Diabetes

Community Connection of Northeast Oregon, Inc. offers three Living Well Workshops, which are licensed through Stanford University.  These workshops are evidence-based programs which have been professionally evaluated, and have proven their effectiveness in helping individuals better manage their Chronic Condition.   Each workshop consists of 8-12 participants, and are lead by two trained facilitators living with Chronic Disease, Chronic Pain, and/or Diabetes.   These workshops are highly interactive, focusing on building skills, sharing experiences, and support.  

 

Participants will:

  • Make weekly Action Plans
  • Share experiences
  • Help each other solve problems in carrying out their personal self-management program
  • Receive a free reference book

 

Subjects covered include:

  • 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.
  • Managing depression.
  • Better breathing techniques.
  • Relaxation techniques.
  • Healthy eating habits.
  • Making good decisions about your health.
  • How to evaluate new treatments.

 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 75% of health care costs in the United States are due to chronic conditions. Approximately 133 million Americans (nearly 50%) live with at least one chronic illness, and older adults are likely to have multiple chronic conditions. Coupled with the fact that the fastest growing demographic group in the United States is people age 65 and older (1), identifying strategies to prevent chronic illnesses and improve self-management is key to controlling health care costs and improving quality of life.