Chronic Disease Self-Management Program


Workshop for people with chronic conditions

The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) has been proven to help older adults better manage their chronic conditions, improve their quality of life, and lower health care costs.

Through a partnership with the U.S. Administration for Community Living’s Administration on Aging, NCOA promotes the implementation of Stanford University’s CDSMP in communities throughout the U.S.

CDSMP workshops are designed to help people gain self-confidence in their ability to control their symptoms and learn how their health problems affect their lives. Small-group, highly interactive workshops are six weeks long, meeting once a week for 2 ½ hours, and are facilitated by a pair of leaders, one or both of whom are non-health professionals with chronic diseases themselves.

The workshop 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

If you’re struggling with a chronic condition, find a CDSMP workshop in your area, or try NCOA’s Better Choices, Better Health® workshop—the online version of CDSMP.