The National Council on Aging has recently put together a website to help adults with one or more chronic health conditions, such as arthritis, asthma, depression, diabetes, or heart disease, to improve upon their health by using self-management techniques and resources. On this website, Restart Living, you can learn more about self-management programs, take an online quiz to determine if you are ready to enroll in a workshop, watch a video describing the group and online formats of the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, and use an interactive map to find a workshop near you!
Many of you may be familiar with the evidence-based program, Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP), developed by Stanford University's Patient Education Resource Center. CDSMP is an effective tool on an individual's list of self-management resources. It is also a great starting point to understanding how self-management can assist with taking control of your health. To learn more about the six-week, two and a half hours per week peer-led Stanford CDSMP workshops, visit the CDSMP website.
Here in Missouri, we offer in-person CDSMP group format workshops in both English and Spanish (Tomando Control de su Salud). We additionally offer an Arthritis Toolkit for an individual self-management approach looking specifically at the chronic condition of arthritis. Improving upon your physical activity can be a specific method of increasing your self-management for your health, especially in the case of arthritis. In Missouri, we offer an Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program and a Walk With Ease program; these programs are open to all, not just individuals with arthritis. To learn more about our programs here in Missouri or to contact us, please visit our website www.moarthritis.org.