Graduation Day for Stonegate at Saint Stephen Senior Housing residents

Graduation Day for Stonegate at Saint Stephen Senior Housing residents

Fifteen residents of Stonegate at Saint Stephen, Pennsauken, recently participated in a Chronic Disease Self-Management program.

PENNSAUKEN — Stonegate at Saint Stephen is celebrating the graduation of 15 residents who participated in the Chronic Disease Self-Management program.

Disease management programs are based on the concept that individuals who are better educated about how to manage and control their condition receive better care. The program focuses on self-monitoring and medical management, decision-making, and adoption and maintenance of health-promoting behaviors to minimize disability and delay the progress of chronic disease.

The program helps people with chronic conditions overcome daily challenges and maintain an active life. The residents who participated attended workshops once a week for six weeks. The residents range in age from 68-88.

Stonegate at Saint Stephen Senior Housing was developed by The Diocesan Housing Services Corporation of the Diocese of Camden in 2007 and provides affordable housing to more than 86 senior residents.

The building was awarded a three year grant from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Integrated Wellness in Supportive Housing Demonstration grant aims to implement a housing-based, person-centered, integrated supportive services and wellness model.

The next program to be launched will be the Diabetes Self-Management Program, a six-week group program for people with type 2 diabetes. Developed by Stanford University, this program can help participants deal with the symptoms of diabetes — including tiredness, pain, and emotional issues — by helping participants learn how to eat and sleep better, and manage the day-to-day activities more effectively.

Applications for residency at Stonegate at Saint Stephen are available. Eligible applicants should be 62 years of age and have qualifying income. For more information, contact the property management office at 856-486-7877.

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