Opportunities to Improve Your Health

If you are one of the many people with a chronic disease, or you are a caregiver to someone with a chronic disease, you know how frustrating it can be on a day to day basis.  Williamston FMC would like to offer church members, attenders, and the community the opportunity to participate in workshops that are ‘evidence-based’ (meaning they have been proven to work) to help you learn what you can do to manage your chronic condition and communicate with your medical care providers more effectively.   All programs are free of charge.

To help us get started, please read the descriptions of the workshops below, and if you are interested in a program, complete the Survey Monkey by clicking the link below, or completing a paper survey.

Class descriptions:

CDSMP workshops are designed to help people gain self-confidence in their ability to control their symptoms and learn how their health problems affect their lives. Small-group, highly interactive workshops are six weeks long, meeting once a week for 2 ½ hours, and are facilitated by a pair of leaders, one or both of whom are non-health professionals with chronic diseases themselves.  All workshops include discussion of a ‘symptom cycle’ and how to break/interrupt it, creating an action plan and how to make decisions using a ‘pro-con’ chart.  

Audience:  Persons 18 years of age and over with a chronic disease, their family members and/or care givers.

Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop(PATH)

Topics covered include:

·       How to deal with frustration, fatigue, pain, and isolation

·       Ways to maintain and improve strength, flexibility, and endurance

·       Managing medications

·       How to communicate more effectively with family, friends, and health professionals

·       Healthy eating

Diabetes Self-Management Workshop (DPATH)

 This workshop includes the topics listed above, but focuses on self-management for persons with type II diabetes, and includes:\ 

·       Techniques to deal with symptoms of diabetes, fatigue, pain, hyper/hypoglycemia, stress and emotional problems such as depression, anger, fear and frustration;

·       Appropriate use of medication;

·       Healthy eating, creating an eating plan. 

Chronic Pain Self-Management 

This workshop focuses on managing chronic pain. It includes the topics of the PATH program, but also includes:

·       Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, isolation and poor sleep;

·       Nutrition;

  • Pacing activity and rest;

  • How to evaluate new treatments;

  • Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility and endurance.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a workshop that helps caregivers take better care of themselves while caring for a friend or relative.  Meetings are once a week for 6 weeks.

Audience:  Caregivers aged 18 and over

The workshop covers the topics of:

·       Reducing stress;

·       Manage time, set goals, solve problems;

·       Emotional management;

·       Better communicate feelings;

·       Improve Self-confidence;

·       Community resources.

 Matter of Balance
A Matter of Balance is an 8-week structured group intervention that emphasizes practical strategies to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels. Participants learn to view falls and fear of falling as controllable, set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and exercise to increase strength and balance.

Please assist us in completing the following survey (click the link below):

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SW2V7CM

Paper versions of this survey can be found in the lobby at the Welcome Center.