Classes to Help with Chronic Disease Self-Management

Nobody wants to have a chronic long-term illness or chronic pain.  Unfortunately, most of us will experience two or more of these conditions during our lives.

The following classes, given by the CCAAA, will help people with chronic illness explore healthy ways to live with physical or mental conditions.

A healthy way to live with a chronic illness is to work to overcoming the physical, mental and emotional problems caused by the condition.

The challenge is to learn how to function at your best, regardless of the difficulties that life presents.  The goal is to achieve the things you want to do and get pleasure from life.

The classes are all about learning common life skills that are needed to become a great manager of both your chronic condition and all other aspects of your life.

The Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging Inc. will be offering Chronic Disease Self–Management (CDSM) classes at the Houtzdale Family Service Center, 40 Terrace Dr., Apt. 3 in Houtzdale.

The CDSM classes are an evidence-based program, given two-and-a-half hours, once a week, for six weeks.  Subjects covered include:

  • Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation
  • Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility and endurance
  • Appropriate use of medications
  • Communicating effectively with family, friends and health professionals
  • Nutrition
  • Decision making
  • How to evaluate new treatments

Classes are free and will be held on Fridays, beginning May 24, from 9:30 a.m. until 12 p.m.  This is a six-session series.  Please plan to attend every session to get the full benefit of the course.

Act now – class size is limited.  For information or to register, please call the Houtzdale Family Service Center at 814-378-5120.

Programs and services of the agency are funded in part by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, the Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging Inc., Mature Resources Foundation and local and consumer contributions.

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