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Area Agency on Aging | A Division of the River Valley Regional Commission


What is CDSMP? 

CDSMP is an evidence-based program that was developed from a research grant in 1996 at the Stanford University School of Medicine. The program goal is to help individuals with chronic conditions, or those who know anyone who does have a chronic condition, to learn to effectively manage their conditions in order to live healthier lives. In the workshop, participants learn to structure “action plans” in order to achieve goals and solve problems. Being an active manager of one’s condition is the key to living well and feeling better.

Links of Interest

Sources for information on this page: National Council on Aging, Centers for Disease Control, Stanford School of Medicine

How is CDSMP implemented?

CDSMP is facilitated as a 6-week workshop. Sessions are scheduled once a week, for 2.5 hours per session. The lecturette-style curriculum is facilitated by two certified Lay Leaders, who either have chronic conditions or know someone who does.

Benefits of CDSMP

CDSMP is beneficial in terms of cost effectiveness as well as health improvement. Studies have shown the following:
  • According to the National Council on Aging, an estimated $714 per person is saved from individuals requiring fewer hospital/emergency room visits after having participated in a CDSMP workshop.

  • Two years after workshop participation, an estimated $590 had been saved from patients requiring fewer hospital stays and outpatient visits for a group of 831 participants, aged 40 and older.

Overall, program participants have reported that they have experienced a multitude of health improvements that include, but are not limited to:

  • Reduce levels of stress
  • Better exercise habits
  • More energy
  • Less fatigue
  • Improved disability management
  • Reduced anxiety and depression 
  • Fewer hospitalizations, emergency room visits, and outpatient visits

CDSMP Significance to Workplace Wellness

We live in a time in which a correlation exists between rising health costs and rising rates of health conditions. According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), 75% of national health care costs are attributed to chronic disease rates. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), poor health among employees can lead to significant health costs for organizations. The example of chronic condition costs provided by the CDC is that of obesity rates in the workplace and how such rates result in rising costs: “Obesity and related chronic diseases cost employers up to $93 billion per year in health insurance claims.” Chronic health conditions can also impact employee morale and productivity. If employees do not feel well in a chronic sense, their workplace performance will likely follow the same pattern.
For more information or to schedule a workshop, call Franetta Miles at 706-256-2910 or email fmiles@rivervalleyrcaaa.org.

Lay Leader Training

The River Valley Agency on Aging offers Lay Leader Training for people interested in learning to lead a CDSMP workshop for their communities.
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Evidence-Based Programming

AAA Provides evidence-based programs designed to help you live better, feel better, and to help you take control of your own health and well-being
Classes are forming now call Franetta Miles
at 706-256-2910 or 1-800-615-4379!

A fee for service may be charged for workshop participation.

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