MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center, in collaboration with the Berkeley County Health Department, announces a program for those dealing with chronic disease.

Living Well, a chronic disease self-management program, is a six-session health workshop to help individuals coping with one or more chronic diseases. Participants learn to take day-to-day responsibility for their care, increase the skills necessary to manage their disease, and work effectively with their healthcare professional. In addition, participants will learn problem-solving and decision-making skills, which enable them to confront the ever-changing challenges of living with a chronic illness.

Living Well was developed by the Patient Education Research Center at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Leaders have been trained in the curriculum and follow Stanford’s guidelines, which have been medically approved and rigorously tested to ensure effectiveness.

Participants of Living Well have reported significant changes in health, such as less fatigue, less disability, improved functioning, and fewer hospital stays. Participants have also shown improvements in exercise adherence, pain and stress management, communication with physicians, and more confidence in their ability to manage their conditions.

A new workshop is scheduled to begin Sept. 19. The workshop meets every Tuesday, Sept. 19 through Oct. 24, from 9:30- 1:45 a.m. at The Berkeley Senior Center, 217 North High Street, in Martinsburg. 

Workshops consist of six weekly sessions, two hours each session. Each participant receives a “Living a Healthy Life” book. Program content includes learning the skills that can help participants:

  • Develop and maintain a long-term exercise program
  • Manage fatigue
  • Deal with anger, depression, and other negative emotions
  • Manage pain and stress without medication
  • Communicate better with family/friends/physicians
  • Use prescribed medication appropriately
  • Eat healthier
  • Make informed treatment decisions
  • Develop decision-making and problem-solving skills

Living Well is free and open to those with one or more chronic condition. Everyone can benefit from learning the skills to coordinate all the activities needed to manage their health, as well as help them maintain a full and active life. 

Individuals with the following chronic conditions are encouraged to participate: heart disease, lung disease, arthritis, stroke diabetes, multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, or asthma. It is very useful for individuals with chronic conditions who also struggle with weight management issues. Participants are welcome to bring a family member or friend along.

To register or for more information, contact Dana M. DeJarnett at 304-264-1287 ext 31814 or ddejarnett@wvumedicine.org. Registration deadline is Friday, Sept. 15, 2017.

For more information: Teresa E. McCabe, WVU Medicine Eastern Panhandle Vice President of Marketing and Development, 3