Living Well in Idaho
The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) is a workshop-based program given for two and a half hours, once per week for six weeks in the community setting. Participants are adults experiencing chronic health conditions such as hypertension, arthritis, heart disease, stroke, lung disease, and diabetes. Their family members, friends and caregivers can also participate. Workshops are facilitated by trained leaders who are also living with chronic diseases themeselves.
The program provides information and teaches practical skills on managing chronic health problems. The CDSMP gives people the confidence and motivation they need to manage the challenges of living with a chronic health condition.
The overall goal is to enable participants to build self-confidence to assume a major role maintaining their health and managing their chronic health conditions. The CDSMP focuses on problems common to individuals suffering from chronic diseases. Coping strategies such as action planning and feedback, behavior modeling, problem-solving techniques, and decision making are applicable to all chronic diseases.
Individuals are taught to control their symptoms through:
- Relaxation techniques
- Changing their diets and nutrition
- Managing sleep, fatigue, pain, and frustration
- Using medications correctly
- Exercise to maintain and improve strength, flexibility, and endurance
- Communication with health providers, family, and friends
Current locations and contact information:
- Friends in Action – Boise
- Idaho Council of Governments, Area Agency on Aging – Treasure Valley
- Madison Memorial Hospital – Rexburg
- Elmore Medical Center – Mountain Home