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Creating a Healthier Maine: Healthy Living for ME’s Evidence-Based Programs

Healthy Living for ME 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.

Evidence-based programs are proven to promote health and prevent disease among adults with chronic health conditions. 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.

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 (also known as 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 (also known as 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.

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While there is no cure for diabetes, knowledge about diabetes and self-management skills can improve the experience of symptoms and overall quality of life for those living with diabetes. Lifestyle changes can help reduce the likeliness of developing type 2 diabetes among people with pre-diabetes. Healthy Living for ME offers evidence-based classes to address both of the above conditions.

National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP)
The National Diabetes Prevention Program is for adults who are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes or who have pre-diabetes. The program provides participant’s access to a free lifestyle coach in a one-hour group setting for this year-long program. The program consists of 16 weekly sessions followed by every other week for the remainder of the year-long program. The focus is on gradual lifestyle changes, resulting in fat and calorie reduction and increased physical activity.

Living Well with Diabetes (also known as Diabetes Self-Management Program)
Living Well with Diabetes is designed to help people with type 2 diabetes learn how to live well. Topics include: techniques to deal with the symptoms of diabetes, fatigue, pain, hyper/hypoglycemia, stress, depression, anger, fear and frustration; appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength and endurance; healthy eating, appropriate use of medication; and working with healthcare providers.

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Aging is inevitable, falling is not. Many adults can benefit from learning low-impact exercise to improve balance and strategies to increase confidence and reduce their fear of falling. Healthy Living for ME delivers evidence-based workshops that have been proven to help older adults reduce their risk of falling.

Tai Chi for Health and Balance (also known as Tai Chi for Arthritis)
Tai Chi is an enjoyable exercise that can improve balance, relieve pain, and improve health and ability to do things. It is a slow exercise. It is easy to learn and good for all ability levels. The essential principles of Tai Chi include mind and body integration, fluid movements, controlled breathing and mental concentration. Tai Chi is one of the most effective exercises for the health of mind and body. It helps people to relax and feel better.

A Matter of Balance
A Matter of Balance emphasizes practical strategies to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels. Participants learn to view falls and fear of falling as controllable, set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and exercise to increase strength and balance.

Tai Ji Quan
This program helps older adults improve their balance and reduce the likelihood of falling. Participants learn balance skills, good body alignment, and coordinated Tai Ji movements.

EnhanceFitness is a low-cost, evidence-based group exercise program that helps older adults at all levels of fitness become more active, energized and empowered to sustain independent lives. A full hour of fun, EnhanceFitness focuses on dynamic cardiovascular exercise, strength training, balance, and flexibility –everything older adults need to maintain health and function as they age.

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Taking care of a person with a dementing illness is specialized work. To do this work successfully, caregivers need special skills and knowledge. They also need an outlook or attitude that helps them to look after themselves. People providing care for a person with dementia are faced with an enormous amount of responsibility and work. Often there are no others there to help and caregivers have little time to take care of their own needs.

Savvy Caregiver
The Savvy Caregiver Workshop is a six session training series for informal caregivers. For most family caregivers, caregiving itself is a new role, one for which training is needed, just as a person would receive training for any new job. The Savvy Caregiver Program helps caregivers better understand the changes their loved ones are experiencing, and how to best provide individualized care for their care recipients throughout the progression of Alzheimer’s or dementia.

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