Chronic Disease Self Management/Diabetes Self Management


Are you an adult age 55 or older with an ongoing or long-term health condition?

If you or someone you know has a chronic disease or long lasting health condition, join a FREE six-week course (2 ½ hour weekly sessions), Take Charge of Your Health: Chronic Disease Self Management (CDSM). You’ll get the support you need, find practical ways to deal with pain and fatigue, discover better nutrition and exercise choices, understand new treatment choices, and learn better ways to talk with your doctor and family about your health.

We can help you live a healthier life, and maybe even reduce cost to the health care system, through the Six Weeks to Better Choices workshop series. For people with chronic illness, CDSM has been shown to improve health and communication with doctors, while reducing distress and helping manage symptoms like fatigue, pain, and depression.

Learn from trained leaders who understand firsthand what you are experiencing. Classes are geared to individual participants’ needs.

Set your own weekly goals and make a step-by-step plan to improve your health—and your life.

Health promotion classFor adults with diabetes, Take Charge of Your Health:  Diabetes Self Management (DSM) provides proven techniques and practical ways to manage diabetes in the same six-week, 2 1/2 hour weekly session format.

Leader Training – Volunteer to help others lead healthier lives with chronic conditions by becoming a CDSM or DSM leader.  In pairs, leaders facilitate classes of 10-15 people.

To register for classes, coach training, off site schedule or for further information, call (216) 421-1350. There is no charge for classes or leader training. Donations are requested and appreciated.

These programs were developed by Stanford University and are supported by the Fairhill Annual Fund, Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging, United Way of Greater Cleveland, Cleveland Foundation, and donations of time and skill by volunteer coaches – all part of the Fairhill Unpaid Staff team.

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