Chronic Diseases are ongoing health conditions. Examples are diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, stroke, cancer, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, depression or asthma. More than 80 percent of older adults have at least one chronic condition; 60 percent have two or more.
How we care for ourselves and live our lives can make a real difference in our health. We can learn proven ways to manage chronic conditions.
These programs can:
Everyone can improve their health regardless of age.
You should ask if the program is based on sound research that proves it is effective. Here are a few examples of effective programs:
Living Well with Chronic Conditions is also known as the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program. Stanford University, developed it. This six-week workshop teaches skills to live a full, healthy life with a chronic condition. Classes are fun and interactive. Participants share their successes and enjoy each other’s support. The workshop builds confidence to manage health, stay active and enjoy life. A Spanish-language version of the program, Tomando Control de Su Salud, is also available.
Program length:This six-week program meets 2-1/2 hours each week.
Who attends:People with various chronic conditions and their family or friends.
What you will learn: Resources, skills and planning for actions to give you greater control over your chronic condition.
Leaders: Two trained leaders are at each location. At least one of them has a chronic condition.
Interested? Find a workshop near you.
Some sites may charge a small fee to cover the cost of the course materials.
Tai chi is an ancient Chinese practice to exercise the mind and body. It uses a series of slow, gentle, flowing movements. The program helps prevent falls. Participants who did tai chi at least three times per week for at least three months greatly reduced their falls. The program uses a simple version of tai chi that can be done standing or sitting.
Program length: Most tai chi classes are ongoing. You should attend regularly for at least three months to reduce your fall risk.
Who attends: People of all ages and fitness levels.
How do I pay for a tai chi class? Many community and senior centers offer tai chi classes for a low fee, or sometimes at no cost.
Check with your local ADRC of Oregon for other local classes to increase your physical activity, prevent falls or quit smoking. These programs help you manage ongoing health conditions and take more control of your life.
ADRC of Oregon staff are available to help you explore your options to meet your current needs or create a plan for the future.