Support is available in Angus

National Self Management Week in Scotland, launched by The Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland, runs from October 1 to 5.

Now in its second year, the aim of the week is to raise awareness of the importance of self management and highlight the support available to people living with long term conditions.

Long term conditions are those that affect a person’s life and last longer than a year.

The chances of developing a long term condition increases with age and many people live with more than one long term condition.

Over 44,000 people in Angus are living with at least one long term condition and include asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cardiac disease, dementia, stroke, epilepsy, chronic pain, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.

Angus Community health Partnership (CHP) has been working over the past few years to develop a range of self management courses and programmes to help support people living with a long term condition.

Carer support is critical in supporting people with long term conditions to live well at home.

Angus Carers and other disease specific organisations offer support to people across the county. If you care for someone and want to know more please call Angus Carers Centre on 01241 439157.