Office for the Aging


The Chronic Disease Self Management Program (CDSMP)

The Chronic Disease Self Management Program (CDSMP) is an evidence-based program developed by Stanford University. It utilizes peer leaders to help people better manage chronic conditions such as arthritis, hypertension, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. This two hour per week, six week program has been proven to improve quality of life by helping people realize the value of physical activity, eating nutritiously and interacting as an active participant in their health care choices and with their health care providers.

The program has resulted in less health care utilization, reduced use of medications and decreases in pain. It has NYSOFA is in its fourth year grant from the U.S. Administration on Aging entitled "Empowering Older Adults to Take More Control of Their Personal Health Through Evidence-Based Programs." As the lead agency, we partner with the NYS Department of Health and the University of Albany's Center for Excellence in Aging and Community Wellness provides technical assistance and evaluation. The CDSMP programs operate in six regions - the Capital District, Southern Tier, Mid-Hudson, Long Island, Western New York and New York City. Our strategic goal is to develop a capacity to make CDSMP available to seniors in every county in New York State.