Chronic Disease Self-Management
Iowa Healthy Links include a practical, interactive curriculum of exercise, nutrition, medication usage, stress management, talking with your doctor or health clinician, advance directives, wills and dealing with emotions and depression. There are opportunities for discussion and problem solving in a mutually supportive setting.
The workshops help participants regain control of their lives to do the things that matter, help them feel better and connect with others. These workshops were developed in the early 1990’s by Stanford University Center for Research in Patient Education. This is a credible, "evidence-based" program with broad experience and demonstrated results in many different settings, populations and chronic conditions, now used in 15 countries and over 39 U.S. states.
Individuals aged 50 or older with long-term health conditions such as: arthritis, diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer, chronic pain, anxiety, depression and others may benefit from the workshops. Those who feel limited in day to day activities, feel frustrated, tired, alone or fearful or are looking for better ways to manage disease symptoms may improve their lives through this workshop.
The workshop is offered quarterly. If you are interested in participating or have questions, please call Debbie Rubenbauer at 641-753-4208. These workshops are open to everyone including: residents, family, staff and community residents.