Chronic Disease Self-Management Education (CDSME) is designed to empower adults to better manage their chronic conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, chronic pain and heart disease with the goal of giving individuals confidence and skills to allow them to actively manage their health care and reduce unnecessary visits to the Emergency Department or the physician(s).

Upcoming workshops are listed in this month’s Newsletter.


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Hear Better, Live Better

Hear Better, Live Better!

- Learn how hearing impacts your overall health  Find out about workshops to help you manage ongoing health conditions  Receive a free hearing evaluation  Enjoy light refreshments

Virginia Awarded $900,000 to Expand Wellness Program

- Governor McAuliffe announced Virginia’s wellness program that helps older Virginians with chronic diseases has won a $900,000 grant to expand across the Commonwealth and include individuals with dementia and their caregivers.

DARS Awarded CDSME Grant

- The Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) was awarded the 2-year PPHF-2016 CDSME grant by the Administration for Community Living (ACL).

Benefits of Diabetes Self-Management for Health Plan Members: A 6-Month Translation Study

- In this study of participants in both internet and face-to face Stanford Diabetes Self-Management programs, “participants had small but significant benefits in multiple measures. The program appears effective in improving diabetes management.”

Online CDSME Alumni Community

- The Healthier Living Alumni Community is an online community that provides a free online space for self-management program graduates so that they can continue to have access to tools that support self-management, practice what they learned in the workshop, communicate via online discussion forums, get support from others and share resources to better manage their chronic health conditions.


Better living

CDSME program teaches seniors how to manage their lives

Joanna Sullivan likens the experience of going to her first Chronic Disease Self-Management Education class to going to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting.

“I’m not an alcoholic. Don’t drink at all, actually. But from what I know of AA meetings, it’s very similar. Everybody was sharing their problems and what was going on in their lives, what was helpful, what wasn’t helpful. There was an interesting group dynamic that I thought was helpful,” said Sullivan, who credits the CDSME program offered by Valley Program for Aging Services with helping her get her life back under control.

“As a result of the class, I visited a doctor, and I’m now in physical therapy to restore my confidence in walking without fear of falling and to align my body and improve my posture. I’ve been at that now since November, three times a week for two hours at a time,” said Sullivan, who lives in Grottoes.

“The class was very beneficial. The teachers were easy to talk to and eager to help. They made themselves available to answer questions by phone,” Sullivan said.

“I’m 81 years old, and I look forward to each new day,” Sullivan said.

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