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Dreyer offers a variety of ongoing health education classes, support groups, and occasional seminars designed to help you keep yourself and your family healthy and well. There is a fee schedule for most classes, unless noted as "free," to help cover the costs associated with instructors and facilities. In many cases, however, these costs may be covered in whole or in part by your insurance.

Advance Directives

Offered free of  charge to all Dreyer patients, this informational seminar is presented at West Downer Place and gives an overview of the Living Will and Durable Power of Attorney advance directives - what they are, how they are different, and why these are important documents to have to communicate your end-of-life decisions to your health care team and loved  ones.  Call 630-859-6898 for more information and to register.

Asthma Management for Adults

These one and a half hour classes are designed to help you learn how to manage your asthma.  A complimentary peak flow meter and spacer are included.  Call 630-859-6898 for more information and to register.

Asthma Management for Youth

These one and a half hour classes are designed to help youth learn how to manage their asthma.  A complimentary peak flow meter and spacer are included.  Call 630-859-6898 for more information and to register.

Freedom from Smoking ®

Don’t postpone quitting any longer.  Taught by a professional nurse certified by the American Lung Association, this program has a strong focus on the behavioral approach to quitting smoking and includes a step-by-step plan, self-control and stress management techniques, nutrition and exercise guidelines, group support, and follow-up.  Information about nicotine replacement therapy is also presented.  The class meets for 6 sessions, the first session is two hours and all other sessions are one hour.

To offer this class, a minimum of eight participants are needed.  Please call 630-859-6898 for more information and to sign up.

High Blood Pressure - the Silent Stalker

What does "blood pressure" and "high blood pressure" mean?  How do diet, medication, and lifestyle affect blood pressure?  Limited to the first 15 callers, this class meets at West Downer Place and covers these topics.  Blood pressure checks are performed prior to class, beginning at 8:30 a.m.  Call 630-859-6898 for more information and to register.

Living Well With Congestive Heart Failure

This program consists of three classes and meets at West Downer Place.  Useful tips for living with CHF are presented.  What is Congestive Heart Failure; Diet and CHF; and Activities of Daily Life/Keeping Your End of the Bargain are the covered topics.  Call 630-859-6898 for more information and to register.

Living Well With Diabetes

Dreyer’s Diabetes Self-Management Education program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association. It is a covered benefit for all Medicare patients with a referral from their physician. The program consists of a one-hour individual appointment and eight hours of group classes. During the individual appointment, educators will assess your learning needs and individualize your goals. During the group classes, they will work with you to help you meet your goals. These classes include: Basic Disease Management, Medications, Blood Sugar Monitoring, and Foot Care. If you have needs that can only be addressed individually, you may be seen individually with a physician’s order.

For more information or to register, please call 630-859-6898.

Cancer Support Group

This forum is designed for patients diagnosed with cancer and their extended family and friends so that patients and families may share their feelings regarding their illness with the purpose of offering each other support, information, and education. Facilitated by nurse specialists from the Dreyer Cancer Center, the group meets on the first Thursday of each month from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at Dreyer's Highland, 1221 North Highland Avenue, Aurora. All cancer patients, family members, caregivers, and significant others are welcome to attend this free group.

Call 630-264-8656 for more information.

Parenting Class

Do you feel frustrated, angry, or overwhelmed with your kids’ tantrums, whining, problems in school, sibling rivalry, or noncompliance with chores? Attend this class for help with these and other problems. Each six-week session is designed to foster positive interaction between parents and child and covers such areas as communication, encouragement, misbehavior, discipline, and positive reinforcement.  The fee, which includes a book, is $100 per couple or $80 per individual.

Call 630-859-6898 for more information and to register.



Dreyer Cancer Center Recognized by American Society of Clinical Oncology

Aurora, Ill – The Advocate Dreyer Cancer Center has received the distinction of being accredited by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) Certification Program, an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).  The QOPI Certification Program provides a three-year certification for outpatient hematology/oncology practices that meet the highest standards for quality cancer care.

Advocate Dreyer Invites Area Women to Annual Pink Party
Aurora, Ill – In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Advocate Dreyer will host their annual Pink Party event at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at the Hampton Inn & Suites, 2423 Bushwood Drive, Aurora. The event is free and open to all interested women who want to learn about breast health with clinical experts in a casual and social setting.  Speakers include Dr. Nancy Whereatt, breast surgeon; Sarah Bratt, breast health nurse practitioner; Nicolle Unger, occupational therapist; and guest speaker Dr. Jim Ferlmann, breast reconstructive specialist. Refreshments will be served, and attendees will be entered in a drawing for prizes from Dreyer’s Vitality Medspa in St. Charles. To RSVP, please call 630-906-5982, or visit Dreyer’s Facebook page.
Advocate Dreyer Announces New Chief Medical Officer

Aurora, Ill Advocate Dreyer is pleased to announce the appointment of Chintan Mistry, M.D., F.A.C.E.P., F.A.A.E.M., as Chief Medical Officer.