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Respiratory Rally: A Patient Education Event Seattle, WA May 3rd

Please join the American Lung Association in Washington for a FREE event to learn more about managing chronic lung disease or helping a loved one.

Date: Saturday, May 3, 2014 
10am-3pm Lunch provided, oxygen available, free valet parking 

Location: Aljoya Thornton Place 
450 NE 100th Street 
Seattle, WA 98125

Space is limited, registration is appreciated. Walk-in registration available as space permits. Register at or contact Allison Moroni, Lung Health Manager, at 206-512-3294 or

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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. 

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.

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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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