Chronic Disease Self-Management Program to be Offered at Givens Gerber Park

Cheryl Wallen, Director of Givens LifeMinistries and Lisa Rogers, Community Nurse successfully completed training as program leaders of the Stanford University Chronic Disease Self-Management Program.

This six-week evidence based Chronic Disease Self-Management Program empowers older adults living with chronic conditions such as asthma/C.O.P.D., arthritis, back pain, diabetes, anxiety/depression, fibromyalgia, and heart disease, to recognize and carry out health strategies that help them better manage everyday life.

Stanford University research found that people who complete this 6-week program:

  • Feel healthier and have a better quality of life.
  • Experience fewer sick days and days in depression.
  • Are better able to manage symptoms like fatigue, pain, shortness of breath, stress, and sleep problems.
  • Are more physically active.
  • Improve communication with their doctors.
  • Feel more confident managing treatment decisions and medications.

Participants get peer support, learn self-management and problem-solving strategies, learn a variety of ways to deal with pain, fatigue, stress, emotions, learn how to eat healthy, get better sleep, choose personalized goals and make personalized step-by-step plans to live a healthy life with a chronic condition. Participants also receive a companion workbook “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions” as a resource tool to help gain skills and confidence needed to achieve lifestyle improvements and become an expert in dealing with their own health challenges.

The 6-week Chronic Disease Self-Management Program is free. The program will be offered at Givens Gerber Park on Mondays, beginning September 25th, from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. in Building 50 Community Room with the last session concluding October 30th.  Residents from Givens Estates are also invited to participate in this wellness program.

For more information please contact: Cheryl Wallen at 828.771.2638.