Living Well With Chronic Conditions

Live Without Worries

Eight out of ten (80%) of older adults are living with a chronic condition such as arthritis, cancer, high blood pressure, heart disease, depression or anxiety, lung disease, obesity, etc. Managing your chronic condition(s) can improve your health and quality of life. This program will teach you how to develop strategies to feel your best and to build confidence in your ability to manage your own health through mutual support from fellow class participants and the class leaders.

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About the Living Well with Chronic Conditions Class

Living Well with Chronic Conditions, also known as Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP), was developed
at Stanford University and is managed by the Self-Management Resource Center. It is appropriate for anyone who wants
to improve their health and quality of life through managing their chronic condition(s).

Class is held once a week for six weeks. Each 2½ hour session includes a combination of presentations, discussion, and activities designed to help participants who are dealing with chronic conditions.

Topics include:

  • Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance
  • Nutrition to support better health
  • Proper use of medication
  • Falls prevention
  • Better breathing techniques
  • Communicating more effectively with family, friends, and healthcare providers
  • Techniques to deal with fatigue, pain, stress, depression, isolation, etc.
  • Action-planning, problem-solving, and decision-making
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Benefits of the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program

Class participants can expect to gain one or more of the following benefits:

  • Improvement in health and sense of well-being
  • Reduced risk of medical complications
  • Help each other problem solve through shared experiences
  • Learn how to make and use weekly action plans
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Is there a fee?

The cost for A.C.E. of SW Minnesota to offer CDSMP classes is based on individual voluntary contributions and donations. No one will be denied services because of their inability or unwillingness to contribute towards this service.

Because this service is made possible, in part, under the Federal Older Americans Act through a grant award from the Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging (MNRAAA) under an Area Plan approved by the Minnesota Board on Aging, certain guidelines must be strictly adhered to. Cost sharing is one of those guidelines. A.C.E. of Southwest Minnesota has a fully established and implemented Cost Share Policy/Statement of Value Process for Title III program participants with coordinating sliding scales. Title III-D Living Well with Chronic Conditions Class Sliding Fee Scale

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A.C.E. of Southwest Minnesota is funded in part by AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP Program, MN Board on Aging, and MNRAAA.
It is also sponsored locally by Cottonwood, Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, and Rock Counties.

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