Living Well With Chronic Conditions

Living Well With Chronic Conditions is a, 6-week interactive workshop where participants will learn practical real life skills to manage a chronic condition. Participants share their successes, develop relationships with others participants which creates an atmosphere of support. The workshop builds confidence around managing health, staying active and enjoying life.

Topics Covered:

  • Managing symptoms
  • Medication “how-to”
  • Working with your health care team
  • Setting weekly goals
  • Effective problem solving
  • Better communication
  • How to relax
  • Handling difficult emotions
  • Tips for eating well
  • Safe, easy exercise

Workshop Description

Living Well With Chronic Conditions is the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) developed and tested by Stanford University. The program is designed to give your patients the skills and confidence to work with her/his healthcare team. Studies have shown that participants are able to manage their symptoms better and are more at ease when talking with their doctors and loved ones.

Program Length: A 6-week workshop that meets 2 ½ hours each week.

Who should attend: Anyone living with chronic health conditions, including diabetes, arthritis, asthma and heart disease. Family members and friends are also welcome.

How will the Workshop help your patients?: Practical real life health management skills will be taught using supportive interactive methods. Action planning skills will also be taught to give your patients a sense of greater control over life with chronic conditions. Information about local community resources will also be provided.

Who will lead the Workshop?: Two trained leaders. One or both of the leaders has a chronic condition.

Workshop locations: Find a workshop in your area.

Cost: Some Workshops sites may charge a small fee. CareOregon will reimburse the cost of the Workshop when you attend at least four of the six Workshop sessions. To receive your reimbursement:

  • Complete the Workshop Reimbursement Form
  • Have one of the Workshop Leaders sign the form
  • Mail the form to: CareOregon, 315 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 900, Portland, OR 97204, Att: Health Education.
Other Living Well Workshops offered in some Oregon Counties
  • Tomando Control de su Salud – A Spanish-language version of Living Well
  • Positive Self Management Program for HIV – a 7-week program designed for people living with HIV/AIDS 
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