CHRONIC DISEASE SELF-MANAGEMENT PROGRAM (My Life, My Health)
Developed by Stanford University, this program is an overall lifestyle-management program for adults experiencing chronic health conditions such as hypertension, arthritis, heart disease, stroke, lung disease and diabetes. The program provides information and motivation and teaches practical skills on managing chronic health problems. The goal is to enable participants to build self-confidence to assume an active role in maintaining their health while living with a chronic health condition. Meets for 6 weekly sessions, for two and one-half hours per session.
CHRONIC PAIN SELF-MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
Developed by Stanford University and based on the principles and teachings of the Chronic Disease
Self-Management Program, this program is for people living with a primary or secondary diagnosis
of chronic pain such as: Fibromyalgia, Whiplash Injuries, Post-Surgical Pain, Neuropathic Pain, Neuralgias, Post-Stroke Pain, Diabetic Neuropathy, Muscular Pain/MS…and other types of ongoing pain. Participants learn techniques to control pain, how to deal with anger and frustration, pacing activities, tips for rest and relaxation and how to evaluate new treatments. Meets for 6 weekly sessions, for two and one-half hours
DIABETES SELF-MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
Developed by Stanford University and based on the Chronic Disease Self-Management curriculum, this program is for people with diabetes and their families and caregivers. Topics include: techniques to deal
with the symptoms of diabetes, fatigue, pain, hyper/hypoglycemia, appropriate exercise, medication usage and healthy eating. Participants make weekly action plans, share experiences and help each other solve problems they encounter in daily life. Meets for 6 weekly sessions, for two and one-half hours per session.
A MATTER OF BALANCE
This program provides practical coping strategies and simple balance and strength exercises to reduce
the risk and fear of falling. Based on the view that falls and the fear of falling are controllable, this program encourages goal setting for increased activity, home and environment changes to reduce falls risk and shared group support to promote confidence. Meets for 8 weekly sessions, for two hours per session.
TAI CHI FOR HEALTHY AGING
Developed by Brookline Tai Chi with support from the Centers for Disease Control, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Tufts Health Plan Foundation, Tai Chi for Healthy Aging brings the practice of Tai Chi to seniors with an emphasis on better balance for falls prevention. The 24-week
program is designed for seniors to improve their strength and balance, reduce their fears and risk of falling, and increase their flexibility. Meets for 24 weekly sessions, for one-hour each session.
POWERFUL TOOLS FOR CAREGIVERS
This education program for families and friends caring for an elder with long-term health conditions helps caregivers develop skills and confidence to better care for themselves while caring for others. Weekly topics range from reducing stress to communicating in challenging situations and mastering care giving decisions. Meets for 6 weekly sessions, for two and one-half hours per session.
HEALTHY EATING FOR SUCCESSFUL LIVING
This program is designed for older adults who want to learn more about nutrition and how lifestyle changes can promote better health. Based on the USDA MyPlate, the program focuses on nutrition education, goal setting, self-assessment of dietary patterns and group support. Meets for 6 weekly sessions, for two and
one-half hours per session, followed by a restaurant outing.