Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop
Chronic Disease Self-Management (CDSMP) is a program that teaches seniors practical skills for managing chronic health conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and stroke. Participants gain the confidence and motivation needed to positively manage the challenges of living every day with a chronic health condition.
A study found that participants who took the program:
- Improved their healthful behaviors (exercise, coping, and communications with physicians)
- Improved their health status (self-reported health, fatigue, disability, and health distress)
- Decreased their days in the hospital
The program is taught by certified instructors and consists of 2 ½ hour sessions over six weeks. Workshops are held in senior centers, senior housing facilities and other community sites that are handicapped accessible and convenient.
“This is just what I needed to help me talk to my husband about his health problems.”
"It has given me a much more positive outlook on life & helped me to find more positive ways of communicating with my family & physicians."
"I have learned that I need to take care of me, and then I can help others."