Living Healthy

Overview


Living Healthy with Chronic Disease, Living Healthy with Diabetes and Living Healthy with Chronic Pain are highly participatory, evidence-based workshops developed by Stanford University's School of Medicine. Each session is 2 ½ hours long once a week for six weeks. The workshops are facilitated by 2 trained leaders who follow a detailed manual, so that each workshop is highly consistent.
These programs are not designed to help people learn more about chronic conditions, but rather to learn the skills and tools to better manage chronic conditions and live healthier happier lives. Participants will learn:

  • techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation
  • appropriate management of medications
  • skills for effectively communicating with friends, family, and health care providers
  • healthy eating guidelines and exercise tips
  • how to make informed treatment decisions
  • action planning
  • disease-related problem solving and decision making

 

Overview of Class Content

 

Research Findings
Subjects who participated in the program, when compared to those who did not, demonstrated significant improvements in:
exercise, cognitive symptom management, communication with physician, self-reported general health, health distress, fatigue, disability, social/role activities limitations. They also spent fewer days in the hospital and a trend toward fewer hospitalizations.

Complete findings here

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions about Living Healthy

NC Area on Aging website

The Stanford School of Medicine

 

Success articles from class participants

 

Interested in more information about becoming a trained lay leader?  Here are some experiences you can expect if you do.

 

Upcoming Living Healthy Workshops

To view fliers for future workshops, click the listings here:

Location Day Dates Class Time Type of Class
The Fountain of Raleigh Tuesday 7/1 - 8/12 6:30pm - 9pm Chronic Pain Self Management
North Wake Senior Center Tuesday 7/29 - 9/2 11am - 1:30pm Chronic Disease Self Management
Johnston County Health Dept Tuesday 8/26 - 9/30 11am - 1:30pm Chronic Disease Self Management
Five Points Senior Center Monday 9/15 - 10/20 1pm - 3:30pm Chronic Disease Self Management
First Missionary Church Monday 9/15 - 10/20 6pm - 8:30pm Chronic Pain Self Management
Anne Gordon Senior Center Tuesday 10/7 - 11/11 1pm - 3:30pm Chronic Pain Self Management

 

Interested in holding a workshop or becoming a lay leader?

Contact Barbara James, Living Healthy Coordinator bjames@wakedocs.org (919) 792-3651