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I've just started doing research for an adult church study program on dealing with conditions that are considered "long term." The plan is to cover topics such as long term illness, long term mental illness, long term rehabilitation, and possible a few other areas that are considered long term care. I just ordered A Compassionate Journey from Faith Alive, and read some articles up here in the forums, but I was wondering if any one had some other material that would be helpful.

The idea of the study will be to look at different areas that require long term care each week for 6 weeks. The intent is more of a discussion, and not so much a Q&A session.


I just got a copy of Beyond Suffering from Joni and Friends. Haven't studied it yet, but perusing table of contents and authors suggest that it will be good. I've heard good things about it from others too.

Also, you may want to check out Inclusion Handbook which is available through Faith Alive.

Are you familiar with the Chronic Disease Self Management program (CDSMP)? This is a 6 week program developed to educate and support persons with chronic (long term) disease and disorders. It is designed to be taught by two co-leaders or peers, one of whom has a chronic disease. The program is completely written out in a large 3 ring binder.There is a charge I believe for the participants books but if you buy some and "loan" them to those who take the class, that might be the best way to do it.  It is also available on the web in Iowa...called"Better Choices, Better Health". However, doing this in a group setting is so much more beneficial for the participants. The program addresses the physical, mental, emotional and social challenges of having a chronic disease and what people can do to improve their health and quality of life. To incorporate the spiritual/faith aspect into this material would be wonderful. This is not a biblically based program but a public/community health program promoted by the CDC. There is training required for the leaders/facillitators but if you are in a metropolitan area, your local public health or agency on aging might have that available and the training is usually free. You do not have to have a medical or nursing background to lead this group -  It is designed to be led by peers. Since you said you wanted to do this for 6 weeks, it seemed appropriate for your needs. If I can help you any further, please let me know. It's very encouraging to know there are people trying to support others with chronic disease.

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