Six-Week Fall Course on Living a Healthier Life

June 1, 2015

Six-week course targets chronic conditions

Are you tired or hurting all the time? Don’t let chronic health problems drive what you can and cannot do.

Mercy St. Francis Hospital is sponsoring a free, six-week Health Care Management Course to help adults and family members manage chronic conditions. The self-management program, developed by Stanford University by the Patient Education Research Center, will include the following goals:

  • Improve your knowledge of living a healthy life with a chronic condition
  • Identify and learn the latest pain management approaches
  • Learn to manage fatigue and stress more effectively
  • Find solutions to problems caused by your condition
  • Identify ways to deal with anger, fear, frustration, depression
  • Discuss the role of exercise and nutrition in chronic disease management
  • Learn new ways to communicate with family and friends
  • Learn how to form a partnership with your health care team

Classes will start Wednesday, October 7, in the Sisters Dining Room of Mercy St. Francis Hospital (100 W. US Highway 60). The weekly workshops will run from 10 a.m. to noon each Wednesday through November 11.

Classes are highly participative, where mutual support and success builds confidence in participants’ ability to manage their health while maintaining active and fulfilling lives. Participants will also receive a free book, “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions.”

The $20 fee for the course has been waived, thanks to a grant from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. While the course is free, you do need to pre-register; call (417) 934-7000 to get more information.