Chronic Disease Self Management Program


Take Charge of Your Health: Live Well, Be Well

“Take Charge of Your Health: Live Well, Be Well” is a free program open to all seniors, 60 and older, who want to learn to thrive, not simply survive, with chronic health conditions. The workshops are ongoing throughout Winnebago, Boone, Ogle, Stephenson, Jo Daviess, Whiteside and Carroll counties.

"Take Charge of Your Health" uses the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) and Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP) developed by Stanford University. Trained workshop leaders help participants learn to cope with fatigue, frustration, pain and isolation that may be related to ongoing health conditions. Class members also learn about exercise, nutrition, using medications, communicating with family, friends and health professionals, evaluating new treatment options and problem-solving around their ongoing health condition.

Participants set their own goals and report gaining confidence and new ideas from others in the class. They also report feeling better, getting relief from pain, fatigue and other symptoms, having more energy, being more confident and in control of their lives and feeling connected to others with similar issues.

Click here for more information about CDSMP from Stanford University

Here's a list of upcoming workshops.

To join a class or for more information on “Take Charge of Your Health:Live Well, Be Well”, contact Alberto Carrion, Program Services Director at 815.963.1609