If a chronic condition (blood pressure, anxiety, blood sugar, pain, arthritis, heart disease, depression, or any number of other health issues) has been a concern for you or someone you care for, you may be interested in learning more about the Living Well with Chronic Conditions (LWCC) program.
What does 'chronic condition' mean? Who has a chronic condition? Do I need to have a diagnosis? What are the age requirements? My shoe is chronically untied . . . and the condition of my car could be improved . . .
In the case of the LWCC program, the term 'chronic' refers to 'on-going or constantly recurring'; condition means 'state or circumstance that affects the way a person lives'.
So, would chronic back pain be included? Yes.
What about obesity? Yes. Obesity is a condition of being chronically overweight.
Do I need a doctor's note? No.
Will this take the place of my current condition management? No, not necessarily. From patient education at Stanford University, the program "will not conflict with existing programs or treatment. It is designed to enhance regular treatment and disease-specific education such as Better Breathers, cardiac rehabilitation, or diabetes instruction. In addition, many people have more than one chronic condition. The program is especially helpful for these people, as it gives them the skills to coordinate all the things needed to manage their health, as well as to help them keep active in their lives." http://patienteducation.stanford.edu/programs/cdsmp.html
What kind of activities take place during sessions?
May my caretaker or spouse join me in the class? Great question: A caretaker or spouse (or friend, sibling, parent) may only join the group as an active participant and work through the program alongside you. This means also being a DAHLC member, paying for the class, and participating in curriculum, brainstorming, and action plans.
Who do I contact with questions?
General registration information: DAHLC front desk 507-266-4688, firstname.lastname@example.org
Information session and beginning of registration: Thursday, Sept. 22 @ 1:30pm
Session dates: Oct. 6 - Nov. 10 Thursdays 1:30-4pm
Specific questions to: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org