Chronic Disease Self-Management Program

Do you have chronic pain?  Do you want to live well?  You can improve your pain and health by participating in the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) otherwise known as “Live Well, Virginia!”  May 3 to June 7, 10 a.m. to noon,  at the disAbility Resource Center, 409 Progress Street, Fredericksburg.   CDSMP is an evidence-based self-management  program that was developed at Stanford University.  It consists of six weekly two-hour sessions led by two trained volunteers.  The interactive sessions are offered at no cost and the curriculum addresses common conditions of any chronic disease.

While medical advice is not given to participants, many self-management topics are covered.  These topics include working with your health care professional, dealing with depression, making informed treatment decisions, medication usage, communication skills, healthy eating, better breathing techniques, pain and fatigue management, preventing falls, making decisions, physical activity, dealing with difficult emotions, problem-solving, making an action plan, getting a good night’s slip, and using your mind to manage symptoms.

In the United States, approximately 80% of older adults have one chronic condition and nearly 70% of Medicare beneficiaries have two or more chronic conditions.  According to the CDC, about 95% of health care costs for older Americans can be attributed to chronic disease.  By participating in CDSMP, individuals can improve communication with their health care team, improve medication management, reduce symptoms of depression, decrease fatigue/improve sleep, improve quality of life, and reduce emergency room visits.  For more information, contact Tennie Gratz at or 540-373-2559.

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