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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


Chronic Pain Conference Speaker Presentations and Conference News Article are now available!

For questions or comments, please contact Alex Schwartz, Project Manager for the Chronic Pain Self-Management Program at:


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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