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.
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, and are facilitated by a pair
of leaders, one or both of whom are non-health professionals with
chronic diseases themselves.