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LIVE WELL and LIVE WELL DIABETES PROGRAMS

Live Well

Live Well, a Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, is a national evidence based health promotion program developed by Stanford University. Live Well is for older adults who want to learn how to manage their on-going health issues such as diabetes, arthritis, lung and heart disease, chronic pain, anxiety and depression. Live Well is a workshop series meeting weekly for six weeks and cover topics such as healthy eating, exercise, better balance, decision making, goal setting, effective communication, and much more.
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. Workshops are held in community settings such as senior centers, churches, senior housing, libraries, clinics, and hospitals. The highly interactive workshop is co-facilitated by two trained workshop leaders. Each workshop participant is lent a copy of Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions, and a relaxation CD.

For more information on the Chronic Disease Self Management Program click here to view the video “Health For A Lifetime” brought to you by the National Council on Aging.

 

Live Well Diabetes

Live Well Diabetes is similar to Live Well but is
geared specifically to people with diabetes. Live Well Diabetes is a workshop series meeting weekly for six weeks and cover topics such as techniques to deal with the symptoms of diabetes, fatigue, pain, hyper/hypoglycemia, stress, and emotional problems such as depression, anger, fear and frustration; exercise, healthy eating, communication, and much more.
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. Each workshop participant is lent a copy of Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions, and a relaxation CD.

For more information on the Diabetes Self Management Program click here to view the video “Better Choices for Living with Diabetesbrought to you by the National Council on Aging.

Click here to view the video “Defeating Diabetesbrought to you by Better Health, Channel 3 CT.

 

Tomando Control de su Salud

Spanish-speaking people with different chronic health issues attend workshops together. All workshops and material are given in Spanish without translators. The Program is not a translation of the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, but developed separately in Spanish.
Subjects covered are similar but they are presented in ways that are culturally appropriate. Subjects include: 1) techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation, 2) appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance, 3) appropriate use of medications, 4) communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals, 5) healthy eating, 6) appropriate use of the health care system, and, 7) how to evaluate new treatments.

Each participant in the workshop is lent a copy of the Tomando Control de su Salud: Una guía para el manejo de las infermedades del corazón, diabetes, asma, bronquitis, enfisema y otros problemas crónicos, and a relaxation and exercise CD.

For more information about Live Well and Live Well Diabetes, please contact Gretchen James, SWCAA Project Manager at (203) 814-3620.

Upcoming Live Well Workshops:

  • Trumbull Senior Center: 23 Priscilla Place, Trumbull, CT 06611; Mondays, October 3, 17, 24, 31, November 7, 14, 2016; 10:30 am-1:00 pm; To register call 203-452-5199.

 

Upcoming Live Well Diabetes Workshops:

  • Live Well Diabetes at Stew Leonard’s (for employees only): 100 Westport Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06851; September 13, 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18, 2016-5:30 pm-8:00 pm.

 

Please check back regularly as additional workshops are scheduled throughout the year.

Volunteer and Professional Workshop Leaders Needed:

Volunteers and professionals can attend a Leader Training and hold Live Well, Live Well Diabetes, and Tomando Control de su Salud workshops in their communities. All training and materials are free. Leaders work with a co-facilitator and no prior experience is necessary. The Regional Coordinator works with leaders to schedule programs in the community. Leaders can facilitate as few as one workshop a year or as many as their schedule allows. In order to maintain Leader Certification, leaders must complete at least one workshop per year.

If you are interested in becoming a workshop leader please complete and return the leader application below.

Click here for the Leader Application

Upcoming Leader Trainings:

 

For more information about the Stanford University Chronic Disease Self Management Program (Live Well) and Diabetes Self Management Program (Live Well Diabetes) please visit:

Stanford Patient Education Research Center

For more information about Diabetes please visit:

Diabetes Public Health Resource

Seniors and Diabetes