Chronic Disease Self-Management Program
Wellness is Happiness!
Montana: Living Life Well is a self-management education program for people with chronic health problems. Developed at Stanford University, these workshops teach participants how to take an active role in managing their health. Workshops are led by trained leaders; either non-health professionals with a chronic disease, or those with life experience which gives them empathy toward people with long-term health conditions.
What is this program about?
This program is based on a review of major published studies. “Living Life Well” results in significant, measurable improvements in health and quality of life. Instead of addressing specific illnesses, the workshops deal with: pain, fatigue, physical limitations, and difficult emotions. After completing the workshops, expect significant improvements in: exercise, ability to do social and household activities, less depression, fear, and frustration, less worry about health issues, pain reduction and increased confidence.
What are the benefits?
- Improvements in exercise and ability to participate in one’s own care over a two-year period.
- Improved health status in seven of nine measures: fatigue, shortness of breath, pain, social activity limitations, illness, intrusiveness, depression, and health distress.
- Improved health behaviors related to: exercise, cognitive symptom management, communication with physicians, and self-efficacy.
Who should take this program?
This program is perfect for anyone with a chronic disease, such as: arthritis, asthma, diabetes, and heart or lung disease. Family members and those who support people with chronic conditions are encourage to attend as well.
How long is the workshop?
Workshops meet once a week for six weeks. Each sessions lasts 2 ½ hours.
Where will the workshops meet?
Sites will be chosen that will be convenient for residents of Bozeman, Belgrade, Livingston, and West Yellowstone. Send an inquiry for more information on where the next class will be held.
When will the workshops meet?
The first class will take place in January 2017. Send an inquiry for more information on exact start dates.
Where can I get more information?
You can visit dphhs.mt.gov/publichealth/arthritis/selfmanagement, call Montana Living Life Well at 406-444-0958, or call the Gallatin City-County Health Department Health Promotion Specialist for the Chronic Disease Management Program at 406-582-3100.