Providence VAMC Offers Chronic Disease Self-Management Program - Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island
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Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island


Providence VAMC Offers Chronic Disease Self-Management Program

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Providence VA Medical Center is conducting a Chronic Disease Self-Management (CDSM) Program for people living with chronic conditions including, but not limited to, Asthma, Diabetes, Heart Disease, Arthritis, & COPD.  The CDSM program is a workshop given for two hours on Tuesdays (10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.), once a week for six weeks.  The target start date of the one-hour orientation class is February 14.  Participants should be adults experiencing chronic health conditions, their family members, and caregivers.  Two trained leaders facilitate the workshops, and the subjects covered include: 

• Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain, and isolation;
• Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance;
• Appropriate use of medications; 
• Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals;
• Nutrition; and
• How to evaluate new treatments.

A manual, Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions, an audio relaxation CD or tape, Time for Healing, and an AARP incentive package from the RI Department of Health is provided to all participants.

No referral is required, and there is no cost to the participants. 

For more information, to confirm class dates, or to register, please contact Ellen Lynch at 401-273-7100, ext. 3970, email:

The Chronic Disease Self Management Workshop is part of the Providence VAMC’s commitment to a new model of care that encourages each Veteran to work together with healthcare professionals to plan for whole-person care and life-long health and wellness.  This innovative approach is a transformation from a disease-based, physician-centered, sporadic interaction to a wellness-based, Veteran-centered, continuous interaction system, with an emphasis on helping Veterans live healthier lives. 

For more information as well as a look at the nine key evidence-based Healthy Living Messages, please visit the National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (NCP) website at


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