Chronic Disease Self-Management Program offered.

The University of Victoria ? Centre on Aging, in partnership with the Northern Health Authority, is currently looking for volunteers to lead the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program. This program is new to the community of Dawson Creek and surrounding communities such as Fort St. John, Tumbler Ridge, Chetwynd and Hudson?s Hope. A free four-day workshop is available to prepare volunteers to deliver the six-session Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, a lay-led, community-based patient education program. Trained lay leaders meet with groups of 10 to 12 persons for 2 and ½ hours once each week for six consecutive weeks. Course participants are persons experiencing any type of chronic health condition; their significant others are also encouraged to attend. The program?s goal is to build a person?s confidence and motivation to engage in self-care, and to live as active and fulfilling a life as possible with their chronic health condition. Topics covered include: how to manage symptoms; getting started with healthy eating and exercise; how to communicate effectively with your doctor and health care team; how to manage fear, anger and frustration; how to make daily tasks easier; and how to get more out of life.

A Leader-Training Workshop has been scheduled for:

Dates: September 28 to October 1 (Tuesday to Friday), 2004

Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Location: Dawson Creek and District Hospital

To register: Please call 250-782-8501 ext. 279

For more information about the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, please visit our website at www.coag.uvic.ca/cdsmp.