Better Choices, Better Health®
Living a healthy Life with a chronic condition
A Workshop on Six Consecutive Thursday Afternoons
Free for Seniors 60 and older
Bellevue, PA – Six consecutive Thursdays, starting February 16 – March 23, 2017 from 12:00 – 2:30 pm – Live Joyously with a Free Workshop for Seniors 60 and older titled “Better Choices, Better Health” the “Chronic Disease Self-Management Program” to be held at the Prime Time Senior Center, 440 Lincoln Avenue, Bellevue, PA 15202. Free refreshments and snacks.
Better Choices, Better Health® is another name for the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program that was developed at Stanford University in 1996 and has been implemented across the country and the world. The chronic conditions include diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, heart disease, stroke, COPD, and others. Workshops are facilitated by two trained leaders, one or both of whom are non-health professionals with a chronic disease themselves. One attendee reported, “I learned more from Better Choices, Better Health in six weeks than I have in 23 years of going to different doctors. And to think it was free!”
In the Stanford study, people who participated in the program demonstrated significant improvements in exercise, cognitive symptom management, communication with physicians, self-reported general health, health distress, fatigue, disability, and social/role activities limitations. They also spent fewer days in the hospital, and there was also a trend toward fewer outpatient visits and hospitalizations. Each participant receives a free copy of the book “Living a Healthy Life with a Chronic Condition”. Through interactive participation and group feedback people become more confident and are able to combine more active lives with self-management of their chronic health condition.
What: Better Choices, Better Health®
Where: PrimeTime Senior Center, 440 Lincoln Avenue, Bellevue 15202
When: Six Consecutive Thursdays, February 16 – March 23, 2017
12:00 – 2:30 pm
Who: Free for Seniors 60 years and older. **Register by calling (412) 307-1782
PrimeTime Senior Center is operated by Lutheran Service Society through a contract with Allegheny County Area Agency on Aging. The Center is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Persons aged 60 years of age and older are invited to attend the center for lunch and/or daily scheduled activities. Contact Mary Herman at 412-307-1782 for reservations and more information.
This article was sponsored by PrimeTime Senior Center through Lutheran Service Society.