Chronic diseases account for the majority of death and disease burden in Canada. Thirty per cent of Albertans report having at least one of seven select chronic conditions and the prevalence increases to more than three-quarters of seniors 65 and older.
It is important for health professionals working in the area of chronic disease to have access to the latest, evidence-based resources, tools and education to assist with the delivery of quality care to patients.
Chronic diseases are conditions which are long-lasting, persistent, and often require special therapy, education and training for the individual with the chronic disease to maintain health.
In 2009-2010, 772,200 (4 per cent) Canadians, aged 35 years and older, reported being diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
In 2009, there were almost 206,000 Albertans living with diabetes, which is more than double the number from 15 years ago.
People with chronic health conditions often need support to improve their confidence, skills, knowledge, and motivation to manage the physical, social, and emotional impacts of their disease.
One of the goals of the AHS Obesity Initiative is to build skills, knowledge and capacity for health-care providers to support obesity management.
Cardiovascular disease is the second leading cause of death in Canada.
The diversity of Alberta’s population will continue to increase significantly during the next two decades.
The Alberta Healthy Living Program (AHLP) is an integrated community-based chronic disease management program
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