The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is partnering with other agencies to provide a program aimed to assist those with a chronic disease.
Oklahoma’s Living Longer, Living Stronger (LLLS) program is designed to assist individuals who have chronic health conditions such as hypertension, arthritis, heart disease, stroke, lung disease and diabetes improve their health and quality of life and lower their medical expenses. It focuses on problems that are common to individuals dealing with any chronic condition such as pain management, nutrition, exercise, medication use, emotions and communication with doctors and other health professionals.
Individuals with one or more medical diagnoses such as diabetes, arthritis, and hypertension develop the skills and coping strategies they need to manage their symptoms. Some of the strategies and techniques that this six-week program employs is action planning, interactive learning, behavior modeling, problem-solving, decision-making and social support for change.
Many local health departments have health educators coordinating the program in the following counties: Beckham, Jackson, Greer, Payne, Lincoln, Pottawatomie, Seminole, Hughes, Okfuskee, Muskogee, Pittsburg, Bryan, Garvin, Stephens, Caddo and Comanche. These local health departments are working in partnership with other community organizations to deliver the program in various community settings including local churches and other faith-based organizations, senior living centers, congregate meal sites and community centers.
Anyone interested in participating may call for programs scheduled at the following sites:
· July 17, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - East YWCA in Tulsa. Call 918-858-2390
· July 22, 1-3:30 p.m. – Muskogee Swim & Fitness. Call 918-683-0321
· Aug. 5, 1:30-4 p.m. – Shawnee Housing Authority. Call 918-623-1800
· Aug. 13, 1-3:30 p.m. – Choctaw Library. Call 405-271-6424
· Aug. 25, 1-3:30 p.m. – Memorial Road Church of Christ in Edmond. Call 405-271-6424
· Oct. 14, 1-3:30 p.m. – Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative in Oklahoma City. Call 405-271-6424
The program is sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services Aging Services Division, the Oklahoma State Department of Health, the Oklahoma Health Equity Campaign and the Living Longer, Living Stronger Partnership.