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Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center offers free chronic disease management program

By ThisIsReno

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Program helps those managing chronic conditions live a healthier life

Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center offers a free chronic disease management program to assist individuals living with chronic conditions improve their overall health. This six-week program, Healthy Aging: Up2Me, was created through a partnership with the Sanford Center for Aging at the University of Nevada, Reno. Beginning Thursday, Sept. 29, the program will be offered each Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Sparks Senior Center on 97 Richards Way in Sparks. The program concludes on November 3.

“The resources and support offered through this program help transform the lives of those in our community coping with chronic conditions” said Susan Harris, PhD, coordinator of Gerontology Academic program at the Sanford Center for Aging. “Certified trainers provide life-changing guidance to help individuals better manage symptoms and increase overall well-being.”

Individuals 55 and older managing chronic conditions such as arthritis, heart or lung conditions, high blood pressure, cancer or other diseases are eligible to register for the program. Each class teaches individuals how to manage symptoms through exercise techniques, diet management, setting personal goals, utilizing community resources and effectively communicating concerns with a physician. Upon completion of the program, all participants will receive a copy of the book, Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions.

The program is offered each month at different locations throughout the community. The next series will begin on Thursday, September, 29 at 9 a.m. at the Sparks Senior Center at 97 Richards Way. Registration is required and space is limited. For more information or to register, call 775-770-7100 or visit www.saintmarysreno.org/Classes_And_Events/index.htm.

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About Saint Mary’s

Saint Mary’s Network is a fully-integrated, faith-based health system in Reno, Nev. founded in 1908 by the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael.  The network is comprised of Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center, an acute-care hospital, providing inpatient, outpatient and wellness services; Saint Mary’s Health Plans, a statewide insurance provider with more than 40,000 members; and Saint Mary’s Medical Group, a network of physicians and other health professionals offering primary and urgent care, retail clinics and specialty healthcare.  A member of Catholic Healthcare West, Saint Mary’s is dedicated to meeting the healthcare needs of our community. For more information, visit our website at www.saintmarysreno.org.

About Catholic Healthcare West

Catholic Healthcare West (CHW), headquartered in San Francisco, CA, is a system of 40 hospitals and medical centers in California, Arizona, and Nevada. Founded in 1986, it is one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit health care systems and the largest private hospital system in California. CHW is committed to delivering compassionate, high-quality, affordable health care services with special attention to the poor and underserved. The CHW network of nearly 10,000 physicians and approximately 54,000 employees provides health care services to more than five million people annually. In 2010, CHW provided more than $1.3 billion in charity care, community benefit, and unreimbursed patient care. For more information, please visit our website at www.chwHEALTH.org.