WVU Medicine chronic disease self-management program

WVU Medicine East is offering a program for those dealing with chronic disease.

Living Well, a chronic disease self-management program, is a six-session workshop designed to help individuals coping with one or more chronic diseases learn to take day-to-day responsibility for their care, increase the skills necessary to manage their disease and work effectively with their health care professional. 

A new workshop begins March 2 and meets every Monday through April 9 from 9 – 11:30 a.m. at Jefferson County Community Ministries, 238 W. Washington Street in Charles Town. The registration deadline is Feb. 27.

Living Well was developed by the Patient Education Research Center at the Stanford University School of Medicine.  Leaders have been trained in the curriculum and follow Stanford’s guidelines which have been medically approved and rigorously tested to ensure effectiveness.

Participants of Living Well have reported significant changes in health such as less fatigue, less disability, improved functioning and fewer hospital stays.  Participants have also shown improvements in exercise adherence, pain and stress management, communication with physicians and more confidence in their ability to manage their conditions.

Living Well is free and open to those with chronic pain and other health issues related to pain.  Everyone can benefit from learning the skills to coordinate all the activities needed to manage their health, as well as help them maintain a full and active life.

To register or for more information, contact Dana M. DeJarnett at 304-264-1287, ext. 31814 or dana.dejarnett@wvumedicine.org.