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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that as of 2012, about half of all adults — 117 million people — have one or more chronic health conditions, and one in four adults has two or more chronic health conditions. Seven of the top 10 causes of death in 2010 were chronic diseases, so it’s no surprise that 75% of our health care dollars go to treatment of chronic diseases.
Although the term “chronic disease” encompasses many different health issues ─ including heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, obesity, and arthritis — many of the challenges faced by people with these diseases can be similar. Chronic disease has a powerful impact on the lives of those affected, and coping with it can be overwhelming. They may face fatigue, pain, social isolation and the stress and confusion of managing multiple medications. Finding ways to cope with and overcome these problems can make a great difference, not just in people’s overall health, but in their quality of life. Now, to help people better manage their conditions, and enjoy more active, healthier and happier lives, Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury is offering free Chronic Disease Self-Management courses.
The classes do not address a specific disease ─ rather, they focus on helping people to learn how to cope with the common concerns, both medical and emotional, that come along with these conditions. Through the six 2½-hour classes, participants will learn techniques to deal with problems such as fatigue, frustration and pain, as well as medication usage, healthy eating, making an action plan and communication skills with family, friends and medical professionals. The goal is to allow participants to regain control over their lives, to feel calmer, more confident and energetic, with fewer symptoms and less pain and isolation.
The classes are free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. The first course begins on Thursday, June 12, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Hallowell Conference Center at Peninsula Regional Medical Center. Future 6-week sessions are planned for September 4 and November 4.
You can sign up for these free classes online! Visit www.peninsula.org/classesandevents, or call410-912-6840.