Living Well
Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP)

“Living Well” is Maryland’s name for a 6-week Stanford University developed Chronic Disease Self-Management Program. It provides adults ages 18 and older and/or their caregivers with the strategies to confidently take charge of their health. Participants learn valuable skills including how to practice good nutrition and relaxation techniques, exercise properly, and effectively communicate with health care providers. The 6-week workshops are held weekly for 2 ½ hours, and are led by trained leaders who are facing similar medical concerns. By learning how to cope with chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, and high blood pressure, workshop attendees are able to live happily and healthily and become more interactive with their wellness management.

If you would like to attend the workshop to learn new strategies to take charge of your health or would like more details, please contact the OAA Program Manager or your senior center manager.

Are you interested in becoming a “Lay Leader” – trained to teach CDSMP?

People interested in becoming Lay Leaders must complete a full 4-day training to become certified as a Leader. In addition to attending the four day training, people must facilitate a workshop to become a Leader. It is strongly recommended that Leaders are individuals living with a chronic condition, and at least one individual be a peer or lay Leader, rather than a health or social service professional. It is also very helpful if Leaders have attended a chronic disease self-management program as a participant prior to being trained. Two trained Leaders are required to co-lead chronic disease self-management workshops.

If you are interested in becoming a Lay Leader or have questions regarding be a Lay Leader, please contact the OAA Program Manager or your senior center manager.

For more information on these services contact:
Allegany County Human Resources Development Commission, Inc.
Area Agency on Aging
125 Virginia Avenue
Cumberland, MD 21502

OAA Program Manager
Sarah Bush

HRDC Senior Centers
Cumberland Senior Center
Frostburg Senior Center
Georges Creek Senior Center
Westernport Senior Center