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Niagara County Department of Health Offers a Free Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop

Author: Jacquelyn Langdon/Tuesday, December 17, 2019/Categories: Health, Health Events

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The Niagara County Department of Health Nursing Division, in partnership with the Niagara County Office for the Aging, is offering a free Chronic Disease Self-Management (CDSMP) Workshop. The workshop series is scheduled to begin on Friday, January 17, 2020, at the North Tonawanda Public Library, 505 Meadow Drive, North Tonawanda, 14120, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. for six weeks.

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The CDSMP is a six-session health education program for people with any type of ongoing health condition and compliments the healthcare that an individual may already be receiving. The purpose of the workshop is to enhance one’s skills and ability to manage their health and maintain an active and fulfilling lifestyle. Participants learn or enhance their problem-solving and decision-making skills which enables them to confront the ever-changing challenges of living with a chronic disease. Participants are encouraged to have a family member, friend or caregiver register to attend the classes with them. Studies of class participants found that individuals that completed the workshop had better coping strategies and symptom management, increased physical activity, fewer emergency room visits and hospitalizations. At the conclusion of the workshop, they had greater confidence in their ability to manage different aspects of their health and felt better able to communicate with their physicians.

If you have a chronic health condition such as heart disease, arthritis, diabetes or chronic pain, or if you are a caregiver for someone with a chronic condition, call Niagara County Department of Health Nursing Division to register for the 6-week workshop, (716) 278-1900. You can also register on-line at Organizations and groups are also encouraged to contact the Nursing Division to schedule free workshops for their staff or clients.

If you would like more information about the program, you can attend an informational session at the North Tonawanda Public Library at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.


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