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Community Education

Evidence Based Programs

 Diabetes PATH (Personal Action Toward Health)

What is Diabetes PATH? Who is it for?

Diabetes PATH is a workshop for adults with type 2 diabetes, their family, friends and caregivers. It takes 2 ½ hours a week for 6 weeks.

Two trained leaders guide workshops. One or both of them will have diabetes or another chronic condition. Workshops are usually FREE or LOW-COST!

It doesn’t matter how long you have had diabetes or how well or how poorly you think you are doing with your diabetes. Anyone with diabetes can attend.

What will YOU learn?

The workshop covers many things about diabetes, but what you will really learn are ways to help take care of your health. In a workshop you will learn techniques that help you:

  • Move more easily by doing exercises that work for you.
  • Take charge of your own health.
  • Do the things YOU like to do.
  • Be more independent.
  • Communicate better with your health care team.

You will learn to make weekly action plans that help you stay on track with your diabetes care. You and the other workshop particpants will help each other learn to solve problems managing diabetes.

Diabetes PATH does not change your treatment. That is between you and your health care team. We want you to follow your doctor’s orders. But, you can learn new ways to talk to your health care team and help manage your diabetes.

I already went to diabetes education. Should I still come?

Yes! When you have diabetes, it helps to go to both diabetes education (or Diabetes Self-Management Education) and Diabetes PATH. Diabetes PATH and Diabetes Self-Management Education help you in different ways. What you learn from both might work together to give you more “tools” every day to help you do what’s needed to take care of your diabetes and your health. And, if you haven’t been to a diabetes education class (or Diabetes Self-Management Education) you can still come.


Join US! It’s YOUR time to take Personal Action Toward your Health! For upcoming workshops in your area, call Region VII Area Agency on Aging at 1-800-858-1637 and ask to speak with Kristina or Tammy.


Matter of Balance

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 or click here for upcoming workshops.  In addition, visit our calendar of events to view when these trainings begin.  For more information, please follow the link below.



Chronic Condition (PATH) Personal Action Toward Health 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.