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CDD-LLLS-black.jpgLiving Longer Living Stronger

A Stanford University Chronic Disease Self Management Program

"Living Longer Living Stronger Workshop"

"Living Longer Living Stronger with Chronic Conditions" is a free six-week workshop (Six sessions, once a week, 2 1/2 hours each session).  The workshop helps people with chronic health conditions better manage their symptoms.

The workshop covers:

  • Differences between acute and chronic conditions
  • Using the mind for symptom management
  • Making Action Plans
  • Difficult Emotions
  • Intro to Physical Activity
  • Better Breathing
  • Muscle Relaxation
  • Pain and Fatigue Management
  • Endurance Exercise
  • Healthy Eating
  • Future Plans for Health Care
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Working with your health care professional and the health care system
  • Looking back and planning for the future

During this workshop, you may leave the room at any time, stand up, stretch, or tend to your needs.  In general, the workshop is considered to be safe for people with chronic conditions.


  • Come to every session
  • Be respectful of others and their ideas
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Give any new activities at least a two-week trial
  • Make and complete a weekly action plan
  • Call your buddy weekly
  • Turn off your cell phones/pagers

Participants are encouraged to set goals and function in a group setting.  For example, the program would not be appropriate for someone with memory impairment, or for someone who would be disruptive in a group.  However, caregivers, family members or friends can benefit from learning self-management skills to help support others and take care of themselves.

For more information on Chronic Disease Self Management Program (CDSMP):National Council on Aging (NCOA) Chronic Disease Self-Management Fact Sheet.

To view a video of the Stanford University (CDSMP) workshop in progress:http://www.youtube.com/watch

These workshops are sponsored by the Administration on Aging at the National Council on Aging in partnership with the Oklahoma DHS Aging Services and the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

For more information please contact: Marisa New, Manager of the Health Equity and Resource Opportunities Division of the Oklahoma State Department of Health. Call (405) 271-9444 ext 56410 or email: marisan@health.ok.gov


Alixa Lee, Aging Services Division of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.  Call (405) 522-3068 or email: alixa.lee@okdhs.org


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