hQ: health questions
Understanding chronic diseases
How is chronic disease treated?
and their treatment
A chronic disease redefines the meaning of health
People with chronic diseases can face
long-lasting and often non-reversible
health issues and need special treatment,
education and training to better
understand, manage, maintain and
improve their health.
This can involve lifestyle changes such
as eating and exercise habits and may
require daily medications, learning self-care techniques and regular support from
a team of health-care professionals.
What services are available for those
living with chronic disease?
Alberta Health Services helps people
living with chronic diseases by
providing prevention and chronic
disease management resources, such
as free education classes, counselling
and physical activity programs for
individuals and their families.
For example, the Better Choices, Better
How can I learn more about Better
Health TM program offers community-
based workshops across Alberta to help
people living with chronic diseases
manage the day-to-day challenges of their
health. Participants work together to share
ideas and learn skills to live successfully
with their chronic disease.
Choices, Better Health TM?
Visit albertahealthservices.ca or call
Health Link Alberta (1-866-408-5465) to
find the Better Choices, Better Health TM
workshop nearest you.
— Tara Grindle, AhS
What is chronic disease?
A chronic disease is an illness that
persists for a long time, sometimes
coming and going with different severity.
Chronic diseases include diabetes, high
blood pressure, cardiovascular disease,
asthma, arthritis, obesity, fibromyalgia,
chronic pain, recurring depression and
Is chronic disease common?
The number of people with chronic
disease in Alberta is growing as our
population ages and the life expectancy
of those living with chronic disease
• 30 per cent of Albertans have at least
one chronic disease
• 35 per cent of those with a chronic
disease have a second chronic disease
• 80 per cent of Albertans over the
age of 45 report having one or more
chronic diseases or being at risk of
developing a chronic disease.