Classes

Chronic Disease Self Management Program / Diabetes Self Management Program

Classes are provided both in English and Spanish and are entirely FREE for those who wish to attend.

Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions

The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) was developed at Stanford University Patient Education Research Center as a collaborative research project between Standford and the Northern California Kaiser Permanent Medical Care Program.

In a five-year research project, the CDSMP was evaluated in a randomized study involving more than 1000 subjects. This study found that people who took the program, when compared to people who did not take the program, improved their healthful behaviors (exercise, cognitive symptom management, coping, and communications with physicias), improved their health status (self-reported health, fatigue, disability, social/role activities, and health distress), and decreased their days in the hospital.

As explained by Stanford University, is a workshop given two and a half hours, once a week, for six weeks, in community settings such as senior centers, churches, libraries and hospitals. Workshops are facilitated by two trained leaders, one or both of whom are non-health professionals with chronic diseases themselves. All workshops are available in Spanish or English.

The goal is to learn about how to become a self manager and develop the confidence to manage your health conditions and achieve outcomes effectively. Subjects include:

Each participant in the workshop receives a copy of the companion book. All materials are in English and Spanish.

This book is filled with hundreds of proven tips, helpful suggestions, and concrete strategies to deal with chronic illness, to manage emotions, and to live a productive life. Here you'll find suggestions for setting goals, making decisions, and finding resources and support. It offers sound information about exercise, healthy eating, intimacy and sex, and communication with friends, family, and caregivers. There is also information on managing medications and an important new chapter on making treatment decisions.

Originally based on a 5-year study conducted at Stanford University, this work has grown to include the feedback of medical professionals and people with chronic conditions all over the world. Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions has helped thousands of people with chronic illness fulfill their greatest possible physical potential and to once again derive pleasure from life. Its simple goal is to help anyone with a chronic illness to live a productive.

It is the process in which the program is taught that makes it effective. Classes are highly participative, where mutual support and success build the participants' confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives.



Diabetes Self-Management Program

Diabetes Self-Management Program is a workshop given two and a half hours, once a week, for six weeks, in community settings such as senior centers, churches, libraries and hospitals. Workshops are facilitated by two trained leaders, one or both of whom are non-health professionals with diabetes themselves. All workshops are given in English and Spanish.

Workshops are facilitated from a highly detailed manual by two trained leaders, one or both of whom are peer leaders with diabetes themselves. Participants may also bring a family member or friend.

Subjects covered include: 1) techniques to deal with the symptoms of diabetes, fatigue, pain, hyper/hypoglycemia, stress, and emotional problems such as depression, anger, fear and frustration; 2) appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength and endurance; 3) healthy eating 4) appropriate use of medication; and 5) working more effectively with health care providers. Participants will make weekly action plans, share experiences, and help each other solve problems they encounter in creating and carrying out their self-management program. Physicians and other health professionals both at Stanford and in the community have reviewed all materials in the workshop.

It is the process in which the program is taught that makes it effective. Classes are highly participative, where mutual support and success build the participants' confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives.

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