Take Control of Your Chronic Disease -- Six Weeks to a Healthier Life

Snoqualmie Valley Hospital District teams up with Mt. Si Senior Center to offer a series of free chronic disease self management classes.

Seattle, WA, May 14, 2010 --(PR.com)-- Older adults with chronic conditions can take control of their health through a series of six classes starting June 2nd at Mt. Si Senior Center in North Bend. Presented by the Snoqualmie Valley Hospital District, this research-based program has proven to help prevent or delay disability even in patients with heart disease, hypertension or arthritis. Family members caring for a person with a long-term health condition are also encouraged to enroll.

Developed by Stanford University, the classes help those who struggle with a chronic disease learn about …
1) techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation,
2) appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance,
3) appropriate use of medications,
4) communicating effectively with family, friends and health professionals,
5) nutrition, and,
6) how to evaluate new treatments.

“Although people tend to develop chronic conditions as they age, growing old does not have to mean becoming disabled,” according to Debbie Anderson, Geriatric Program Specialist for the Hospital District and one of the class instructors. “Class members build confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives.”

All classes are free but preregistration is required by calling or visiting Mt. Si Senior Center (425-888-3434). Be sure to sign up early because space is limited. For more information about the “Live a Healthier Life” program, call Debbie Anderson at 425-831-2300 ext. 140 or Philip Koziol at 425-831-2326.

Snoqualmie Valley Hospital District
Scott Scowcroft