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Do you have a chronic disease?  Do you want to live well?  You can improve your health and well-being by participating in the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) otherwise known as “Live Well, Virginia!”  This FREE 6-week series begins January 10 and goes to  February 21st, 2020 (Note that there is no class Jan. 17 due to Virginia state holiday).  Classes begin 10 a.m. and finish at noon at the dRC.   CDSMP is an evidence-based self-management program that was developed at Stanford University and sessions are led by two trained volunteers.

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 sleep, 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,, or Kim Lett,, or  call 540-373-2559.

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