July 16, 2010
better deal with your chronic condition to live a healthier life.
Parrish Medical Center is bringing a new health-education program to the
community. Living Healthy, a Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP), is
based on a proven model developed by the Stanford
University Patient Education Research Center that is used worldwide to
improve health and reduce hospitalizations. In fact, the Centers for Disease
Control (CDC) and the Administration on Aging have adopted the CDSMP model as an
effective, evidence-based program.
Living Healthy is a six-week workshop currently offered at
no cost. Parrish Medical Center’s first workshop begins Wednesday, August
11 from 9:30 a.m. to noon, and will continue each Wednesday through September
15. The workshops will be held initially at Parrish Medical Center, 951 N.
Washington Ave., Titusville, and its satellite locations. However, they will
soon be offered throughout the community at churches, senior centers, assisted
living facilities and community centers.
Participants will learn strategies and gain confidence in
their ability to manage their own health. The workshops are led by two trained
leaders, one or both of whom are non-healthcare professionals who themselves
have a chronic disease. Subjects
covered will include:
In the U.S., 80
percent of seniors live with at least one chronic condition and 50 percent have
two or more chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart failure, asthma,
arthritis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, etc. This program helps people
who suffer from chronic diseases to lead healthier lives.
“We have chosen to bring
this evidence-based Living Healthy program to our community because we have a
higher population of seniors across Brevard County and in Florida. We want to
empower people to be active managers of their health and ultimately improve
their quality of life,” says Lori Duester, manager of Parrish Health Village
- Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and
- Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength,
flexibility, and endurance
- Appropriate use of medications
- Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health
- Nutrition, and problem solving and creating personal action
For more information or to register for the Living Healthy
workshop, contact Jenny Evans at 321-268-6596 or email Jenny.Evans@parrishmed.com.