Chronic Diseases


Chronic Diseases – Summary

A Chronic Disease is a disease (sometime referred to as a condition) which lasts for 3 months or more. Chronic diseases generally cannot be prevented by vaccines or cured by medication, nor do they just disappear.

As of 1998 eighty-eight percent of Americans over age 65 have at least one chronic health condition.  Health damaging behaviors – particularly tobacco use, lack of physical activity, and poor eating habits – are major contributors to the leading chronic diseases.

Chronic diseases tend to become more common as we get older. The leading chronic diseases in developed countries include arthritis, cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and stroke, cancers such as breast and colon cancer, diabetes, epilepsy and seizures, obesity, and oral health problems. Each of these conditions plague older adults in the US (and other developed nations).

Living well With Chronic Conditions Workshop

Developed by Stanford University and offered by St. Francois County Health Center and New Beginnings, this FREE six week program is designed to assist you in developing a self-management program to fit your needs.  It is for people living with Arthritis, Asthma, Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Heart disease, diabetes, COPD, Emphysema, and other chronic conditions.

Class size is limited, please call Jessica  573-431-1947 ext. 125 to register

Topics include:
  Managing symptoms, stress, and fatigue                           In addition to the book and materials
  Medication “how to”                                                              lab work to include a lipid panel,A1C,
  Role of nutrition and exercise in disease management           and Glucose level plus blood
Dealing with difficult emotions                                               pressure monitoring are provided
  Effective problem solving                                                                 free of charge
  Forming a partnership with your health care team..
. . . . . .   and much more

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 Common Chronic Illnesses Include: