Office for the Aging


Chronic Disease Self-Management Program launched in Niagara County

Niagara County Office for the Aging (NCOFA) has partnered with the Niagara County Department of Health and the P2 Collaborative of Western New York to launch the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) in Niagara County.

Launched in September 2013, CDSMP is a 6-session evidence-based workshop designed for people living with an ongoing or limiting health condition or people who care for them. Participants learn self-management techniques and skills needed in the day-to-day management of any type of ongoing health condition. The programs are slated to continue through 2014.

Older Adults are disproportionately affected by chronic disease and conditions, such as arthritis, diabetes, and heart disease, as well as by disabilities that result from injuries such as falls.

Nationally, statistics show:

  • -More than 1/3 of adults aged 65 and older fall each year
  • -21% of aged 60+, or 10.3 million people, have diabetes
  • -7 out of 10 Americans who die each year (more than 1.7 million people) die of a chronic disease.

In New York State, evidence-based programming has demonstrated through extensive research to improve the lives of those who graduate from CDSMP programs. Older adults in these programs learn to proactively maintain a healthy lifestyle through increased self-management behaviors.

To learn about dates and times of upcoming programs, and to register at no cost, contact the NCOFA NY Connects line at 716-438-3030, or visit the NCOFA website(External Link) at