Personal Action Toward Health (PATH) is designed to help adults who have a chronic disease better manage their health conditions. PATH does not replace regular medical treatment, but helps individuals learn the techniques and strategies they need for the day-to-day management of chronic disease. PATH is intended to benefit adults with chronic or long-term health conditions but also encourages family members, friends, and caregivers to attend the workshop.
The PATH program was developed by the Stanford University School of Medicine in California and PATH trainers conduct workshops for individuals. The workshops are held for six weeks, conducted in two and a half hour sessions. The sessions provide fun and interaction that include topics such as:
- Ways to deal with frustration, fatigue and pain
- Goal setting and problem solving
- Managing medications
- How to plan visits with health care provider
- Ways to talk with family and friends about chronic condition
- Using the power of mind to help manage symptoms
Please visit Michigan Department of Community Health for more information.
The Chronic Pain Self-Management Program is a workshop given two and a half hours, once a week, for six weeks, in community settings such as senior centers, churches, libraries and hospitals. Workshops are facilitated by two trained leaders, one or both of whom are non-health professionals with chronic pain themselves.
Subjects covered include: 1) techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, isolation, and poor sleep 2) appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance, 3) appropriate use of medications, 4) communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals, 5) nutrition, 6) pacing activity and rest, and, 7) how to evaluate new treatments.
Each participant in the workshop receives a copy of the companion books, Living a Healthy Life With Chronic Conditions, 4th Edition, and Chronic Pain Workbook.
It is the process in which the program is taught that makes it effective. Classes are highly participative, where mutual support and success build the participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives.
Does the Program replace existing programs and treatments?
The Self-Management Program will not conflict with existing programs or treatment. It is designed to enhance regular treatment. The program gives participants the skills to coordinate all the things needed to manage their health, as well as to help them keep active in their lives.
Creating Confident Caregivers is a university-tested program for family members caring for a loved one with dementia at home. Two hour sessions, once a week for six weeks. Learn skills and attitudes to manage stress and increase effective care giving skills.
A Matter of Balance is designed for those who have concerns about falling. Sessions will help you view falls as controllable, make lifestyle changes to reduce falls and increase strength and balance with exercise.
For more information about these educational trainings please contact Region VII Area Agency on Aging at 1-800-858-1637. In addition, visit our calendar of events to view when these trainings begin.