"Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions" is a result of the Choices for Self Care Challenge Grant from the National Council on Aging (NCOA). The Indiana Diabetes Prevention and Control Program and the Division of Aging at Family and Social Services received a two-year grant from NCOA. "Living a Healthy Life" is an evidence-based program from Stanford University's Chronic Disease Self-Management Program. Sixteen Indiana Area Agencies on Aging will implement this program. The Indiana Association of Area Agencies on Aging, the University of Indianapolis Center for Aging and Community, and the Indiana Minority Health Coalition are partners on this grant who are helping with program implementation and evaluation.
"Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions" incorporates the following:
- cognitive symptom management;
- effective communication with family, friends, and health professionals;
- regular physical activity for physical and emotional health;
- future planning skills;
- maintaining a healthy weight and meal planning; and
- sleep and medication management.
These skills are mastered through:
- action planning and process feedback on a weekly basis;
- self-management behavioral modeling;
- problem solving strategies; and
- social persuasion through group support and guidance for individual self-management efforts.
"Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions" is being implemented throughout the state. To find a class in your area please call your local Area Agency on Aging. The map of all sixteen Area Agencies on Aging includes their contact information. Indiana's 16 Area Agencies on Aging
For more information, please visit http://www.in.gov./isdh/23966.htm on the Indiana State Department of Health's web site.