Lots of options for healthcare in Angus

National Self Management Week in Scotland, launched by The Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland, is in its second year and runs throughout this week.

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 conditions 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.

Rhona Guild, Long Term Conditions Lead in Angus CHP, said: “Over the past year self management support groups relating to diabetes, stroke, fibromyalgia, arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, cardiac and pulmonary have continued to develop. Fatigue and chronic pain and exercise programmes have also been running in Angus to help people live better with their conditions.”