Workshop focuses on chronic diseases

The Best Times Digital Edition

April 27, 2021

Do you suffer from a chronic disease such as arthritis, diabetes, cancer, COPD, stroke or any ongoing health concern?

If so, you are not alone. In fact, 145 million Americans suffer from some type of chronic disease. Johnson County Department of Health and Environment has partnered with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and Kansas Foundation for Medical Care to offer Chronic Disease Self-Management Education (CDSME) to help ease the burden of those one in two Americans who suffer from some sort of chronic disease.

CDSME workshops, developed by Stanford University, are free, interactive and evidence-based. These workshops are designed to help individuals with chronic conditions learn how to manage and improve their own health, while reducing health care costs. Workshops are led by two trained leaders, one or both of whom are living with a chronic disease.

The following topics are covered:

  • Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation.
  • Exercises for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility and endurance.
  • Appropriate use of medications.
  • Communicating better with family, friends and health professionals about your conditions.
  • Nutrition, decision making and how to evaluate new treatments for your disease.

Each session lasts 2 ½ hours. The sessions are highly interactive and designed to help people gain self-confidence in their ability to control their symptoms, better manage their health problems and lead fuller lives.

Participants receive a workbook, relaxation CD and class incentives. They meet virtually via Zoom, once a week for six weeks.

Friends, relatives and caregivers of the person living with a chronic condition are encouraged to attend as well. Adults of any age can benefit from the skills taught in this free workshop.

Upcoming virtual workshops include: Turning Point, 8900 State Line Rd., Suite 240, Leawood, from 1-3:30p.m. on Mondays, May 10 through June 21. To register call: 913-574-0900.

Other workshops will be coming soon to Johnson County. Email: [email protected] for more information.