Oasis Chronic Disease Self-Management Programs
The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP), developed by Stanford University is an interactive six-week class designed to enhance regular treatment and disease-specific education such as Better Breathers, cardiac rehabilitation or diabetes instruction. Classes are facilitated by a trained leader and peer leader. This program is especially helpful for people with more than one chronic condition.
Subjects covered include:
- Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation
- Exercises for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance
- Appropriate use of medications
- Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals
- Evaluating new treatments
Also developed and tested at Stanford University, a Better Choices, Better Health – Diabetes workshop can help older adults who have type 2 diabetes to:
- Understand how to eat with diabetes while making it enjoyable
- Monitor and manage blood sugar
- Start or maintain an exercise program
- Communicate better with family, friends, and health professionals
- Design a self-management program to enable participation in desired activities
- Get support from others who understand
Classes in both programs are highly interactive, where mutual support and success build the participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives. Participants meet in small groups to share experiences, learn new strategies together, and help each other solve problems they encounter in creating and carrying out their own self-management program. Participants of both programs receive a copy of the companion book, Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions, 4th Edition.
Survey shows health care system not working well for people with chronic conditions
In a survey of 1100 Americans age 44+ with chronic health conditions, the National Council on Aging found that more are putting off care due to cost. Many are not getting the information and support they need to manage their conditions.
The study revealed how people struggle daily with physical, emotional and mental effects of their conditions and the kinds of support they would find most helpful.
Read the survey report.