PATH ClassPATH, which stands for Personal Action Toward Health, is a Chronic Disease Self-Management Program that was developed and tested by Stanford University to help people learn techniques and strategies for day to day management of chronic or long term health conditions.  Having a chronic illness is not a choice, but how you deal with it can be, and that is what PATH is all about.

In this class, you will learn techniques to manage your chronic disease.  We work on goal setting and effective problem-solving, and offer simple ideas for exercise and better nutrition.  We talk about how to use your mind to manage symptoms, work on better communication skills, and relaxation & stress management techniques.

The workshop is six classes that meet for 2½ hours, one time each week.  Anyone with an ongoing health problem—for example, arthritis, heart disease, chronic pain, diabetes, cancer, kidney disease, etc.— can participate and also their family or caregivers. 

Classes are fun and interactive.  There are discussions, brainstorming sessions, and small group activities.  If you choose, you can share your successes and provide mutual support to each other.  The workshop is conducted by two trained Leaders, one or both of whom have an ongoing health condition themselves, or they may be a caregiver for someone with a chronic illness.  Research has shown that people who participate in PATH are better able to manage their symptoms and communicate more easily with their doctors & families.  Also, they are less limited by their illness and spend less time at the doctors or in the hospital.  They just feel better.

Upcoming Chronic Pain PATH Classes:

     Senior Services of Van Buren Co. - Paw Paw
     Freshwater Community Church, 600 E. Michigan Ave., Paw Paw, MI  49079
     Dates:  Thursdays, April 5th - May 10th, 2018
     Time:  1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

     River Valley Senior Center
     13321 Red Arrow Hwy, Harbert, MI  49115
     Dates: Tuesdays, April 17th - May 22nd, 2018
     Time:  1:00 pm - 3:30 pm


Upcoming Diabetes PATH Classes:     

     Timber Ridge Manor
     8689 Old US Highway 31, Berrien Springs, MI  49103
     Dates:  Mondays, February 26th - April 2nd, 2018
     Time: 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm


Upcoming PATH Classes:     

Upcoming PATH Leader Training:


Register: call or email Julie Schwarz at (269) 982-7759 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cost: There is no cost to attend the classes, but donations are gratefully accepted.

Class locations and dates are subject  to change.  

Take the PATH to better health!!