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Welcome to Living Well with Chronic Conditions in Washington State!

Web Portal for Healthy Aging and Chronic Condition Self-Management Programs


Fall Prevention - Mark Your Calendars!

Falls Prevention Awareness Day will be observed on Sept. 23. This year’s theme, Strong Today, Falls Free® Tomorrow, seeks to raise awareness and prevent falls. Check with your local senior center or fall prevention coalition to find out what is happening in your area. For a list of events and more information, check our Senior Falls site by clicking here.


Chronic Pain Technical Assistance Conference-  Conference Full: Registration is Closed!

*If you would like to be on the waitlist e-mail Alex Schwartz, Chronic Pain Project Manager at: 

Lacey Community Center
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 
6729 Pacific Avenue SE
Olympia, WA 98503
Conference 9:00am- 4:00pm 
(*Registration & Check-In begins at 8:15 am)

What are the most up to date techniques and “hot topics” in the Chronic Pain field?

Building upon the success of the start of the Chronic Pain Self-Management Program (CPSMP) in Washington state, we will bring together consumers, lay leaders, master trainers, our Area Agency on Aging partners, health care professionals, and community members to stay current on emerging issues and best practices for working with individuals living with chronic pain.  Caregivers and family members of people with chronic pain are invited to this conference.  


  • Learn about emerging research and best practices in the area of chronic pain
  • Network! – actively engage with colleagues and meet potential partners
  • Gain insights from nationally-recognized speakers located here in Washington!
  • Participate and contribute your ideas during interactive sessions
  • Leave the conference energized and ready to work together to successfully disseminate and sustain the Chronic Pain Self-Management Program

Please join us on Tuesday, September 30 for our 1st Ever DSHS/ALTSA & DOH Chronic Pain Self-Management Technical Assistance conference!


Chris Baumgartner
PMP Director
WA State Department of Health
Session Title: Prescription Review- A Tool in Patient Care
Prescription Review is the State of Washington's Prescription Monitoring Program.  Its goal is to prevent prescription drug misuse and promote patient safety by providing prescription utilization information to provides as they treat patients.
Learning Outcomes:
-  Attendees will know the most current statistics related to the prescription drug abuse epidemic being faced.
-  Attendees will understand who can access the prescription review system and how access can improve patient care and prevent prescription drug misuse.
-  Attendees will be able to know what the prescription review data is telling us about controlled substance use in Washington State.
Barbara Dailey, DNP, ARNP, CCMSHt, FIBH
Nurse Practitioner Surgical Pain Service
Northwest Hospital & Medical Center
Session Title: Non-Pharmacologic Pain Management
By utilizing the mind, we have a powerful way to access the body to relive pain, support healing and accomplish health enhancing goals.  Positive communication and simple techniques using guided imagery and relaxation have profound effects on healing, self-esteem and comfort.  The best part is there are only positive side effects.
Learning Outcomes:
-  Facilitate simple but effective techniques for reducing pain and suffering.
-  Understand the role of perception, belief, intention, and expectation in healing.
-  Use the powerful language of positive communication.
Lesley Steinman, MSW, MPH
Research Scientist
University of Washington Health Promotion Research Center (HPRC)
Becca Taylor, RN, Ph.D
Nurse Care Coordinator
University of Washington Center for Pain Relief


  • Practitioners
  • Educators
  • Older adults
  • Community professionals
  • Lay Leaders 
  • Area Agencies on Aging
  • Service Providers
  • Master Trainers
  • Long Term Care Providers

Registration has closed.

Congratulations to our new 24 Graduates of Washington State's Living Well with Chronic Conditions Master Trainer Training! Class of 2014

2014 Graduates of Washington State’s Living Well with Chronic Conditions Master Trainer Taining

NEW CDSME Graduate Webpage: Healthier Living Alumni Community!

A new online community is being formed for graduates of the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP).  We hope you will continue talking about your success and challenges with your own self-management and meet new friends along the way. 

The community is made up of alumni of a variety of self-management programs including the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP), Better Choices Better Health (BCBH), Arthritis Self-Management Program, Diabetes Self-Management Program, and the Chronic Pain Self-Management Program.

The community consists of several sections, including: Forums and Resources.  Within the Forums section, there will be a number of Topics that will look familiar from actual workshops, such as “Celebrations” and “Problem Solving.”  Much like in the Workshop, the Forums provide opportunities for sharing and support

Trained Discussion Leaders, who are also Workshop alumni, will help new members feel welcome, inspire healthy discussions, and encourage supportive participation among members.

To “get started,” click on the link below to be taken directly to this online community:


What is the Chronic Pain Self-Management Program (CPSMP)?

The Chronic Pain Self-Management Program is a workshop given two and a half hours, once a week, for six weeks, in community settings such as senior centers, churches, libraries and hospitals. Workshops are facilitated by two trained leaders, one or both of whom are peers with chronic pain themselves.

Subjects covered include: 1) techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, isolation, and poor sleep 2) appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance, 3) appropriate use of medications, 4) communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals, 5) nutrition, 6) pacing activity and rest, and, 7) how to evaluate new treatments.

Each participant in the workshop receives a copy of the companion books, Living a Healthy Life With Chronic Conditions, 4th Edition, and Chronic Pain Workbook.

It is the process in which the program is taught that makes it effective. Classes are highly participative, where mutual support and success build the participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives.

Locations, times, and dates for Chronic Pain Self-Management Program (CPSMP) in your area can be found under our Workshops page.  You can also use our calendar feature to search for specific dates for workshops. 

Is This Program Right For Me?



 For more information on our grant for this project or the Chronic Pain Self-Management Program (CPSMP), please feel free to contact the Project Manager, Alexandra Schwartz. 

Alexandra Schwartz
Project Manager
Chronic Pain Self-Management Program
Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
Aging and Long Term Support Administration
Home and Community Services Division
Olympia WA 98504-5600
360-438-8633 (fax)



What a difference CDSMP is making!


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The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) is having a significant impact on the health of seniors nationwide. Our Center for Healthy Aging has the results: a 21% improvement in depression, 15% improvement in unhealthy physical days, 12% improvement in medication compliance, and a $364 per participant net savings.

See full results (

National Dissemination of Evidence-Based Health Promotion Programs for Older Adults: Successes, Challenges, and Impact

Listed below is a link to a presentation on September 12, 2013 titled “National Dissemination of Evidence-Based Health Promotion Programs for Older Adults: Successes, Challenges, and Impact.” Presenters were from the Administration for Community Living- Michele Boutaugh and National Council on Aging staff-Kristie Kulinski, Sue Lachenmayr and Cynthia Woodcock.  The conference took place in Washington D.C.

Please note that in the presentation slide” CDSME County Presence” Washington State data was not correct.  The data depicted was from the ARRA grant 2010-2012.  The slide does not show the other 9 AAAs currently offering CDSME.






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