City of Concord California

News Release

January 22, 2016

Workshop helps participants manage chronic health problems

The Concord Senior Center and the Partners In Care Foundation are co-sponsoring the Stanford Self-Management Workshop for people with chronic health problems. The workshop runs for two-and-a-half hours, once a week for six weeks at the Concord Senior Center. The start date is February 18 with end date of March 24. Participants can choose from two times - 9:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. The fee is $10 for the six-week workshop. Registration is limited and participants are encouraged to register early.

The workshop sessions are facilitated by two trained leaders, one or both of whom are non-health related professionals with chronic diseases themselves. Participants make weekly action plans, share their experiences, and help each other solve problems they encounter in creating and carrying out their self-management program. Each participant in the workshop uses a copy of the companion books, Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions, 4th Edition, and the Chronic Pain Workbook.

Workshop sessions are highly participative, where mutual support and success build the participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active, fulfilling lives. Subjects covered include: 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, 6) decision making, and 7) how to evaluate new treatments. The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program is open to family, friends and caregivers.

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To register for the workshop visit The course number for the 9:30 a.m. workshop series is 99940; the course number for the 1:30 p.m. session is 100186.

For more information, contact the Concord Senior Center at (925) 671-3220

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