CHPSI (Community Health Peer Support Initiative), a signature program of the Alpert Jewish Family and Children’s Service, provides a workshop given for two and a half hours, once a week for six weeks, in community settings such as senior centers, gated communities, etc. People with different chronic health conditions attend together to learn self-management skills for the maintenance of activities of daily living.
The workshops, entitled “My Health, My Life,” are facilitated by two peer leaders, one or both of whom have chronic illnesses themselves. These workshop leaders are trained in the Stanford University model to assist chronically ill older adults who can be guided and helped to self-manage their chronic health conditions. This program is an evidence-based Stanford Self-Management Program developed at Stanford University and recommended by the US Administration on Aging.
- techniques to deal with problems such as 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
- how to evaluate new treatments
Participants receive a copy of “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions” and an audio relaxation CD, “Relaxation for the Mind and Body”.
Classes are highly interactive, where mutual support and success build the participants’
confidence in their ability to self-manage their health and maintain an optimal quality of life.