Chronic conditions are on-going health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, stroke, cancer, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, depression or asthma. Over 80% of older adults have at least one chronic condition, and 60% have two or more.
Though it may seem strange to talk about how people with an on-going health problem can live a healthy life, the decisions we make in how we care for ourselves and live our life can make a real difference in how our condition affects or limits us. There are proven techniques and skills that can learn to help people actively manage chronic conditions and make life easier as well as healthier. These programs can help with strategies that can help people reduce pain and stress, be more physically active, eat healthier, use medications wisely, work with health care team and make decisions about health care.
Recommended Programs and Community Approaches
Living Well with Chronic Conditions
A six-week workshop that provides tools for living a healthy life with chronic health conditions, including diabetes, arthritis, depression, asthma and heart disease. In addition to the English-language Living Well, programs include Tomando Control de su Salud, a Spanish-language workshop, the Diabetes Self-Management Program, and the Positive Self-Management Program, a workshop for people with HIV.
Medicare's Preventive Services
Medicare covers many preventive services with a small or no co-pay. The following resources provide a list of covered services.
Living Well Impact Report
This report provides estimates of the impact of Living Well in Oregon between 2005 and 2009, as well as projected impact should the program reach 5% of Oregonians with a chronic condition.
Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Program
The website for Stanford's program (called Living Well in Oregon) includes licensing, training, and additional research information.
Healthy aging programs recognized as evidence-based or best practice interventions by the Administration on Aging, National Council on Aging, and/or the Centers for Disease Control.
Healthy Aging Listserv
Individuals and organizations interested in community and statewide approaches to keeping Oregonians healthy and independent as they age are encouraged to join the Healthy Aging listserv.