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What are evidence-based programs?

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What are evidence-based programs?

Evidence-based programs are programs that are proven to promote health and prevent disease among adults with chronic health conditions. Examples of these programs are Living Well for Better Health (also known as Chronic Disease Self-Management) and Living Well with Chronic Pain (also known as Chronic Pain Self-Management).

SeniorsPlus has partnered with Spectrum Generations and Aroostook Area Agency on Aging to expand opportunities for Maine’s older people to improve their quality of life through a new initiative called Healthy Living for ME (HL4ME). Healthy Living for ME programs have been developed using rigorous research and demonstrate reliable and consistently positive changes in important health-related outcomes among participants.

So what is Healthy Living for ME? It is the Maine core of evidence-based health management programs. We are a network of local providers and partnerships committed to the health and quality of life of all Mainers.

An ever-increasing number of people are living longer with chronic pain and/or multiple chronic conditions. Research has proven that people with chronic conditions can learn skills to effectively manage their illness and improve health outcomes. Healthy Living for ME offers several evidence-based classes to improve functional abilities and deal more effectively with symptoms.

Living Well for Better Health (Chronic Disease Self-Management Program)
This program is designed to help participants deal with chronic conditions. Topics include: techniques to deal with frustration, fatigue, pain, and isolation; appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance; appropriate use of medications; communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals; nutrition; and how to evaluate new treatments.

Living Well with Chronic Pain (Chronic Pain Self-Management Program)
This class is designed for people who have a diagnosis of chronic pain, offering strategies for dealing with their symptoms. Topics include: techniques to deal with frustration, fatigue, isolation, and poor sleep; appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength; appropriate use of medications; communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals; nutrition; pacing activity and rest; and how to evaluate new treatments.

Please talk with your health care provider about these programs. Use the Healthy Living for ME website www.healthylivingforme.org to register for classes and to learn more about the benefits of evidence-based programs, or call 1-800-620-6036 or email info@healthylivingforme.org.

Holly Zielinski is the Chief Operating Officer for SeniorsPlus.

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