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Leaders needed for chronic disease management program

Hospital news | Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Contact: Thomas Hottman

Volunteer leaders are needed for upcoming Living Well with Chronic Conditions workshop.

The local chronic disease self-management program is the result of a collaboration among the Area Agency on Aging, Oregon State University Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center, the Klamath Basin Senior Center, Sky Lakes Outpatient Care Management, Klamath County Public Health, Klamath Tribal Health, Aging and People with Disabilities, and Cascade Health Alliance.

Living Well is a six-week workshop, developed by Stanford University, that provides tools for living a healthy life with chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, arthritis, asthma and heart disease.

Volunteer leaders are encouraged to register by July 16 for a four-day training in the chronic disease self-management program, and a two-day training in the diabetes self-management program.

Leaders can expect to improve self management skills that can apply to all types of life situations including self efficacy with health challenges and quality-of-life issues common with health conditions. Leaders will build confidence and experience many rewards in helping facilitate growth, self confidence and health with others in the community.

Leaders will gain knowledge about self managing chronic disease or diabetes symptoms, including quality-of-life symptom reduction, increased self confidence in the following areas: eating wisely and well, setting and meeting goals, managing stress, problem solving and learning how to communicate about chronic health issues with friends, family and health-care providers.

Living Well workshops will be held one day a week for 2 1/2 hours over six weeks. As a trained leader, you will be asked to team teach these classes with another trained instructor. Participants will learn strategies to help them manage medical conditions, set achievable goals, make decisions, problem solve, manage stress and work more effectively with their health-care team.

There is no fee for the training to become a local workshop leader. Leaders are asked to commit to facilitating two workshops in the first year of certification, then one each following year to maintain certification. Priority will be given to leaders who have diabetes, pre-diabetes, a chronic medical condition or are close with someone with diabetes or other chronic medical condition.

Leader training days are scheduled in Klamath Falls for July 29, 30 and 31, and August 24, 25 and 26.

For more information, contact Gertie Dias at the Klamath Basin Senior Center at 541-883-7171.