Rosa Carlascio of Wolcott (bottom left) and Janette Gonzalez of Waterbury (bottom right), both of Connecticut Community Care, Inc., pose with participants of the first Spanish LiveWell program in Connecticut held at La Casa Bienvenida in Waterbury. This six-week program teaches adults older than 62 how to recognize chronic illnesses and make healthier choices.
The first Spanish version of the six-week LiveWell workshop created by Stanford University’s Patient Education Research Center was held at La Casa Bienvenida, a recreational center in Waterbury. The LiveWell workshop, made possible by a grant from the Connecticut Department of Public Health and the State of Connecticut Aging Services Division of the Department of Social Services, is targeted to people older than 62 living with a chronic health condition such as arthritis, chronic pain, depression, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, MS and others.
The program educates people about their current health conditions, offers mutual support and builds participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health while maintaining active lives.
Topics covered in the once-a-week, 2.5 hour sessions, include: action planning, problem solving, physical activity, pain/fatigue management, how to plan for your future, healthy eating, medication management, making informed decisions, how to work with your healthcare provider and system, and many more.
Rosa Carlascio, a Spanish-speaking access coordinator, and Janette Gonzalez, a Spanish translator, both from the northwest regional office of Connecticut Community Care, Inc. (CCCI) in Watertown, facilitated this LiveWell workshop.
“It was so much fun and worth it,” said Rosa Carlascio. “When you help others make better choices, take better care of themselves, and see immediate results, you can feel good about yourself.
“In six weeks, the participants learned signs and symptoms of their illnesses, diet, portion control, how to read food labels, how to exercise and relax. In addition, they learned how to communicate with their healthcare providers; ask questions with emphasis on medications; and the dangers of mixing medications with home remedies.”
Rather than the healthcare provider establishing goals for patients, participants in this workshop set up their own goals – what they wanted to change for better health. The participants were accountable for their goals, and reviewed every week.
“With this approach of goal setting, we saw participants follow through, stick with it, and be successful,” said Janette Gonzalez. “This program really works.”
The Spanish version of Live Well -- “Viva la vida, Vivala bien....Es su vida” -- was so well-attended that CCCI plans to facilitate another workshop in the fall.
For more information on the LiveWell workshop provided by CCCI, please contact CCCI PR and Communications Manager Ursula Daiber at 860-314-2279 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CCCI identifies choices and provides services to help people of all ages, abilities and incomes to live at home. The non-profit organization is an access agency to the CT Home Care Programs (CHCPs) in 124 towns in the north central, northwest and eastern regions of Connecticut. Its private division, Care Management Associates, serves others statewide who do not qualify for the CHCPs. The organization assists more that 12,000 consumers and their families each year through regional offices located in Wethersfield, Watertown and Franklin. The Corporate Office is located in Bristol.