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Chronic Disease Self-Management Program

Through a partnership with the U.S. Administration on Aging, NCOA promotes the implementation of Stanford University’s Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) in communities throughout the United States. Offered not only in this country but also worldwide, this program has been has been proven to help older adults better manage their chronic conditions, improve their quality of life, and lower their health care costs.

CDSMP workshops meet once a week for two and one-half hours, over six consecutive weeks. Workshops are facilitated by two trained leaders, one or both of whom are non-health professionals with chronic diseases themselves. Workshops are highly interactive. Topics include the following:

  • How to deal with frustration, fatigue, pain, and isolation.
  • Ways to maintain and improve strength, flexibility, and endurance.
  • Managing medications.
  • How to communicate more effectively with family, friends, and health professionals.
  • Healthy eating.

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