• Living Well Frequently Asked Questions

    What programs are offered?

    We have four programs to support you: three, 7-week self-management workshops, and one year long prevention program.

    What are Self-Management workshops?

    Self-management workshops are designed to build confidence in your ability to manage your health and the symptoms related to your chronic condition.  Each workshop meets once a week for 7-weeks for 2.5hrs, and is facilitated by two trained peer leaders. Participants learn new ways to support their physical, mental and emotional health in a supportive group environment. 

    Core concepts for the self-management programs include:

    • Action planning and modifying action plans to reach desired health goals
    • Problem solving
    • Decision making
    • Understanding emotions

    In addition, each program has condition specific content. 

    What is the difference between Diabetes Self-Management and the Diabetes Prevention Program


    Diabetes Self-Management Workshops

    Diabetes Prevention Program

    What is it?

    Educational workshop series to enhance your ability to self-manage chronic conditions. Sessions are FREE.

    This workshop can help prevent or delay Type 2 diabetes and help reduce your risk of having a heart attack or stroke, improve your health overall, and help you feel more energetic. Sessions are FREE!

    What is the format?

    Small group workshop meets for 6-7 weeks for 2 ½ hours each week.

    Year-long small group workshop meets weekly for one hour for 16 weeks, then tapers to monthly meetings

    Who should attend?

    Anyone 18 years or older with diabetes or at risk of developing diabetes, and if better managed, would improve his or her quality of life.

    Anyone 18 years or older with a diagnosis of prediabetes or at risk for developing diabetes. 

    If you have had a diagnosis of diabetes, you are not eligible for this program.

    How much does the Self-Management workshop cost, how many people attend and how long is it?

    The course is FREE to participants. There are usually 10-16 participants per workshop. Each week a new area is covered and in order to obtain the full benefit of the workshop, it is important to commit to all 7 sessions.

    When are the workshops and what time?

    • The 7-week workshops are offered in the spring and fall in communities throughout the Bassett region, specifically in Little Falls, Herkimer, Sidney, Oneonta, Delhi, Cooperstown, Cobleskill, Norwich, Hamilton, Oneida

    • The yearlong diabetes prevention program starts in the spring and is currently offered in Cooperstown (Clark Sports Center) and Cobleskill (Power-Up Fitness Center). 
    • For specific workshop locations and dates, please call us at 607-547-3948.

    How do I sign up for any of the workshops?

    You can sign up for a workshop series by:

    Will I receive anything if I take the Self-Management workshops?

    Participants who take the Chronic Disease or the Diabetes self-management workshop will receive:

    • Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions workbook.
      • A relaxation audio CD to practice techniques at home.

    Participants who take the Chronic Pain Self-Management workshop will receive:

    • Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Pain
      • A Moving Easy Program CD to practice techniques at home.

    Participants that evaluate and complete the program will receive a grocery store gift card.

    What if I miss a session?

    • We understand it may not be possible for you to make every session.  You can always contact your peer leaders or fellow participant to get the information missed.
    • Participants also receive a program overview and “homework” handout.  If you complete the homework, you will feel more prepared for the next session.  
    • For further questions call the Living Well program office 607-547-3948.

    Who attends these workshops?

    • Anyone who is living with the condition covered in the workshop (chronic disease, diabetes or chronic pain).
    • Caregivers, spouses and anyone else close to those who are living with one of these conditions.
    • The diabetes prevention program is appropriate for any adult at risk for diabetes. 

    I’d like to join, but I won’t know anybody there.

    • The peer leaders and the workshop design is based on creating an open and trusting environment in which participants feel safe and comfortable sharing personal information.
    • The group support developed at the workshop was reported as a great benefit to sharing ideas on similar conditions and in not feeling alone. The Participant Satisfaction Survey results from those who attended the workshop report that 100% of participants felt comfortable and part of the group, and that their opinions and contributions to the group were valued. One participant stated:
    “By sharing information with other participants I learned we all struggle with similar issues but can work through them and have success!”

    What can I expect to take away from the Self-Management workshops?

    • All participants had reported that they would recommend this workshop to a friend.
    • Over 97% of participants reported having a better understanding of how to manage their health and/or physical activity.
    • After the workshop participants felt more motivated to take care of their health.

    What are the evidence-based benefits of the Self-Management workshops?

    Based on evidence generated, these workshops can provide physical, mental and emotional improvements that effect one’s quality of life:

    • Decreased pain
    • Decreased depression
    • Increased physical activity and healthy eating
    • Increased energy
    • Better communication with providers
    • Increased confidence and motivation to make healthy changes
    • Ability to create action plans to reach goals
    • Ability to use problem solving as a technique to adapt goals to changing circumstances
    • Skills to address difficult emotions that can effect symptoms

    What do I need for a Self-Management workshop session?

    • The sessions are 2.5 hours including a 20-minute break.
    • Please bring water and a snack (if needed).
    • If you like to take notes, please bring a notebook and pen.
    • Feel free to stand or move around during the workshop to respond to what your body may need. You do not have to always sit.
    • As these sessions are in community centers, we plan for comfort and easy access to rooms. Please let us know if something does not meet your needs and we will try to adjust it. You may also want to bring a pillow to sit on or a blanket, as we want you to feel comfortable.

    What do I need for the Diabetes Prevention Program?

    • At the first session, you will receive a 3-ring binder that you will be adding material to each week.
    • Please bring a pen.
    • Please bring water and a snack (if needed).
    • Feel free to stand or move around during the workshop to respond to what your body may need. You do not have to always sit.

    Do the programs replace existing programs and treatments?

    The workshops will not conflict with existing programs or treatment. They are designed to complement regular treatment and disease-specific education such as diabetes instruction.

    How do I refer patients to these programs if I am a provider?

    What if I want to be a peer leader at the Self-Management workshops?

    Peer leaders are essential for the success of this program and we welcome anyone interested in becoming one! The Leaders are usually (although not exclusively) non-professionals (peers) with one or more chronic conditions. Their job is to facilitate the seven-week workshop using a detailed, scripted manual. There is a formatted training program that is required. Please call 607.547.3948 or email LivingWellSessions@bassett.org if you are interested or have questions!