About 80% of older adults have at least one chronic disease, and 68% have at least two. Many adults with conditions such as arthritis, asthma, diabetes, lung disease, heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, and others struggle to find ways to manage their condition. Chronic Disease Self-Management Education(CDSME) can help.

Chronic Disease Self-Management Education

The suite of CDSME programs developed by Stanford University have 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 CDSME 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

View the locations of organizations funded by the Administration for Community Living to implement CDSMP.