Health Promotions

Evidence-Based Programs

Evidence-based programs have been proven to increase self-efficacy, decrease health-service utilization and enable individuals to adopt healthy behaviors. Geauga County Department on Aging offers Matter of Balance workshops and the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program. Fairhill Partners offers Matter of Balance and the Chronic Disease Self-Management and Diabetes Self-Management programs.

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP)

The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program is a workshop given 2½, once a week, for six weeks, in community settings such as senior centers, churches, libraries and hospitals.  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.

Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP)

The Diabetes Self-Management workshop is given 2½ hours once a week for six weeks, in community settings such as churches, community centers, libraries and hospitals. Subjects covered include: 1) techniques to deal with the symptoms of diabetes, fatigue, pain, hyper/hypoglycemia, stress, and emotional problems such as depression, anger, fear and frustration; 2) appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength and endurance; 3) healthy eating 4) appropriate use of medication; and 5) working more effectively with health care providers. Participants will make weekly action plans, share experiences, and help each other solve problems they encounter in creating and carrying out their self-management program. Physicians, diabetes educators, dietitians, and other health professionals both at Stanford and in the community have reviewed all materials in the workshop.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers ©

This is an evidence-based six week education program.  Each class is 1.5 hours. Making a difference in the lives of over 70,000 caregivers, this program helps caregivers build confidence, access local resources, manage emotions and practice positive self- care. 

Matter of Balance

Many older adults experience concerns about falling and restrict their activities.  A Matter of Balance is an award-winning evidenced – based program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. Note, eight to ten participants and a commitment to attend an eight week series of classes. Each class is 2 hours in duration. Click here for a curriculum.

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