Managing one’s own health behaviors (diet, physical activity, medication management, communication with health providers, etc) is critical to effective care for multiple chronic conditions. There are several established programs to help older adults learn how to self-manage conditions and improve their overall health.
Chronic Disease Self-Management (CDSMP)
Chronic Disease Self-Management (CDSMP) is a six-session course that empowers older adults to take charge of their health, manage chronic illnesses and disabilities, live well and well, and controls health care costs. For more information, please visit http://patienteducation.stanford.edu/programs/cdsmp.html.
Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP)
Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP) empowers older adults to take charge of their health, manage chronic illnesses and disabilities, live well and well, and controls health care costs in 6 sessions. DSMP is specially designed to empower persons to manage type 2 diabetes. For more information, please visit http://patienteducation.stanford.edu/programs/diabeteseng.html.
Powerful Tools for Caregivers
Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a 6-week nationally-known, evidence-based curriculum for persons who care for older adults. It uses a train-the-trainer method of dissemination and has been shown to improve self-care behaviors, management of emotions, self-efficacy, and use of community resources. For more information, please visit https://www.powerfultoolsforcaregivers.org/.
Matter of Balance
A Matter of Balance is an 8-week structured group intervention that emphasizes practical strategies to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels. Participants learn to view falls and fear of falling as controllable, set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and exercise to increase strength and balance. Learn more about the program here: http://www.mainehealth.org/mob.
Caregiver Skill Building Intervention
Caregiver Skill Building Intervention (CSBI) is a nurse-led, research-based program that provides education to address family caregiver skill-building and increase caregivers’ physical activity. The interventions initially were delivered in a group setting where caregivers benefited by learning skills in a supportive group environment. To accommodate stressed and sedentary caregivers’ individual needs, the program now provides a multi-component, individualized home-based online intervention that addresses a combination of needs. For more information, contact Carol Farran, Carol_J_Farran@rush.edu