Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP)
Chronic Disease Self Management Program and Diabetes Self Management Program
Self-management programs for people with chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, asthma, arthritis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes, and many other conditions are a very important part of keeping Ohio healthy. The overall goal of the programs is to enable participants to build self confidence to take part in maintaining and managing their chronic conditions.
The Chronic Disease Self Management Program and the Diabetes Self Management Program were created at Stanford University and are proven scientific programs which produce favorable outcomes.
Proven outcomes resulting from attending the classes include; increased healthy behavior, less pain and worry about health conditions, better relationships with healthcare providers, and decreased visits to the emergency room and hospital.
Both programs focus on relaxation techniques, healthy eating, managing sleep and fatigue, managing medications, exercise, and communicating with healthcare providers. The Diabetes Self Management class specifically focuses on type 2 diabetes, monitoring blood sugars, and diet.
Both programs are conducted 2.5 hours per week over a 6 week period. Many times the person teaching the class is a volunteer who has already taken the class and benefited from the support and education they have received. Workshops are generally held in community settings such as senior centers, libraries, churches, and hospitals.
The programs can be but do not need to be conducted by health professionals; however each class is conducted by two workshop leaders. The Area Agency on Aging District 7, Inc. invites community members to participate in these highly effective classes and is very interested in recruiting any volunteers who may be interested in teaching a workshop series. To learn more please contact the Area Agency on Aging District 7, Inc. at 1-800-582-7277.