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Living Well Alabama is the Chronic Disease Self Management Program (CDSMP) developed by Stanford University. It is a self-management course designed to help individuals live and cope with chronic conditions. Dealing with constant pain and loss of good health may lead to feelings of anger, isolation and even depression. With Living Well Alabama, you'll gain the skills needed to take control of your chronic condition and live life to the fullest.

This program is designed for individuals who are at risk for chronic conditions; have just been diagnosed with a chronic condition; or are currently living with a chronic condition. Chronic conditions appropriate for Living Well Alabama include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Chronic Pain
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Heart Disease
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Hypertension
  • Kidney Disease
  • Lung Disease
  • Mental Illness
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Obesity
  • Stroke

The program is taught for two hours a week over a seven-week period, and is open to those living chronic health conditions as well as their family, friends and caregivers. Everyone who attends will be instructed in a variety of skill areas, including:

  • Learning about your specific condition
  • Decreasing pain
  • Coping with fatigue
  • Overcoming depression, stress and fear
  • Improving sleep
  • Increasing mobility
  • Managing daily tasks
  • Talking with your health care team
  • Exercising safely
  • Managing medications
  • Maintaining a healthy diet

See our FAQ for more details. Contact us for information on how you can sign up to participate in Living Well Alabama.


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