Pictured are: 1st Row – Left to Right:  Cindy Goodman, Hopeton Village;  Martha Bell, Community Member; Debbie Lackey, Heartland of Jackson;  Nancy Gulley, Bristol Village; Catherine Coburn, Heartland of Riverview;  and Dorothy Kratche, Interim Health Care; 2nd Row – Left to Right:   Vicky Abdella, AAA7 Master Trainer; Lisa Tackett, Bristol Village; Calea  King, Holzer Long-Term Care; Mary Taylor, Community Member; and Vicki  Woyan, AAA7 Master Trainer; and 3rd Row – Left to Right:  Laura Tennant,  Cambridge Home Care; Bud Treadway, Community Member; Debbie Rhude,  Heartland of Hillsboro; Kim White, Community Member; Charity McDermott,  Holzer Medical Center-Jackson; Kelly Ramey, Holzer Long-Term Care; Bill  Pfeifer, Holzer Medical Center-Jackson; and JD Stevens, Heartland of  Hillsboro.
Pictured are: 1st Row – Left to Right:  Cindy Goodman, Hopeton Village; Martha Bell, Community Member; Debbie Lackey, Heartland of Jackson; Nancy Gulley, Bristol Village; Catherine Coburn, Heartland of Riverview; and Dorothy Kratche, Interim Health Care; 2nd Row – Left to Right:  Vicky Abdella, AAA7 Master Trainer; Lisa Tackett, Bristol Village; Calea King, Holzer Long-Term Care; Mary Taylor, Community Member; and Vicki Woyan, AAA7 Master Trainer; and 3rd Row – Left to Right:  Laura Tennant, Cambridge Home Care; Bud Treadway, Community Member; Debbie Rhude, Heartland of Hillsboro; Kim White, Community Member; Charity McDermott, Holzer Medical Center-Jackson; Kelly Ramey, Holzer Long-Term Care; Bill Pfeifer, Holzer Medical Center-Jackson; and JD Stevens, Heartland of Hillsboro.
By JENNI DOVYAK-LEWIS
AAA7


A number of community members were recently trained to lead and continue Chronic Disease Self-Management Classes in their community, thanks to the Area Agency on Aging District 7 (AAA7). 

The four-day training was facilitated by AAA7 staff members Vicky Abdella, RN, and Vicky Woyan, both Master Trainers for the Stanford University-developed Chronic Disease Self-Management Course.  With the completion of the training, 17 community members are now able to continue these important classes in Gallia, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike and Ross Counties.

“We are excited to see so many healthcare organizations and community members volunteer their time to bring these exceptional classes to the communities in our region,” stated Vicky Abdella, RN, Director of Community Services at the AAA7.  “This program, developed by Stanford University, has proven outcomes related to a beneficial effect on a health-related quality of life for individuals, as well as reductions in healthcare expenses.  We invite and urge individuals to give a class a try and see for themselves.  We also are welcome to inquiries from healthcare professionals to learn more about the program as they may identify individuals who could benefit from the class.”

The newly trained leaders represent a number of backgrounds including healthcare professionals, those who are caring for someone with a chronic disease, and individuals living with chronic disease, making it easier for them to identify with those taking the class.  Classes are highly interactive and focus on encouraging the individual to self-help while also encouraging others to overcome the barriers of living with a chronic condition.

If you have long-term health challenges such as asthma, arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, or other conditions, and wish to gain confidence and new skills to manage the condition, this class is what you have been waiting for.  The program consistently results in individuals having more energy, being more physically active, and having an overall improvement in their health and emotional well-being.

Interested individuals should call the AAA7 toll-free at 1-800-582-7277 and ask for extension 215 or 254 to inquire about or register for a class in their community.  Anyone is welcome to attend the free six-week workshop.  Don’t wait, call today, and pre-register for a class in your community to support a healthier you.

Your local Area Agency on Aging District 7, Inc. provides services on a non-discriminatory basis. These services are available to help older adults and those with disabilities live safely and independently in their own homes through services paid for by Medicare, Medicaid, other federal and state resources, as well as private pay. The AAA7’s Resource Center is also available to anyone in the community looking for information or assistance with long-term care options.  Available Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm, the Resource Center is a valuable contact for learning more about options and what programs and services are available for assistance.

Those interested in learning more can call toll-free at 1-800-582-7277 (TTY: 711).  Here, individuals can speak directly with a nurse or social worker who will assist them with information surrounding the programs and services that are available to best serve their needs.  The Agency also offers an in-home assessment at no cost for those who are interested in learning more.  Information is also available on www.aaa7.org.