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What is CDSMP? 
CDSMP is an evidence-based program that was developed from a research grant in 1996 at the Stanford University School of Medicine.  The program goal is to help individuals with chronic conditions, or those who know anyone who does have a chronic condition, to learn to effectively manage their conditions in order to live healthier lives. In the workshop, participants learn to structure “action plans” in order to achieve goals and solve problems. Being an active manager of one’s condition is the key to living well and feeling better.


How is CDSMP implemented?
CDSMP is facilitated as a 6-week workshop. Sessions are scheduled once a week, for 2.5 hours per session. The lecturette-style curriculum is facilitated by two certified Lay Leaders, who either have chronic conditions or know someone who does.

 

Benefits of CDSMP CDSMP is beneficial in terms of cost effectiveness as well as health improvement. Studies have shown the following:

-According to the National Council on Aging, an estimated $714 per person is saved from individuals requiring fewer hospital/emergency room visits after having participated in a CDSMP workshop.

-Two years after workshop participation, an estimated $590 had been saved from patients requiring fewer hospital stays and outpatient visits for a group of 831 participants, aged 40 and older.

-Overall, program participants have reported that they have experienced a multitude of health improvements that include, but are not limited to:

  • Reduced levels of stress
  • Better exercise habits
  • More energy
  • Less fatigue
  • Improved disability management
  • Reduced anxiety and depression
  • Fewer hospitalizations, emergency room visits, and outpatient visits

CDSMP significance to Workplace Wellness
We live in a time in which a correlation exists between rising health costs and rising rates of health conditions. According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), 75% of national health care costs are attributed to chronic disease rates. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), poor health among employees can lead to significant health costs for organizations. The example of chronic condition costs provided by the CDC is that of obesity rates in the workplace and how such rates result in rising costs:  “Obesity and related chronic diseases cost employers up to $93 billion per year in health insurance claims.” Chronic health conditions can also impact employee morale and productivity. If employees do not feel well in a chronic sense, their workplace performance will likely follow the same pattern.

 

For more information or to schedule a workshop, call Ilona Preattle or Franetta Miles at 706-256-2910 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Lay Leader Training

The River Valley Agency on Aging offers Lay Leader Training for people interested in learning to lead a CDSMP workshop for their communities.

 

Links of Interest

National Council on Aging CDSMP information

Stanford School of Medicine CDSMP program

 

Sources for information on this page: National Council on Aging, Centers for Disease Control, Stanford School of Medicine

 

 

 

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Living Well Workshop - July 28, 2014 

The River Valley Area Agency on Aging will offer a Living Well Workshop for adults wanting learn about chronic disease managment. This is a 6-week program, The introductory session will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, July 28 at the Pastoral Institute, located at 2022 15th Avenue in Columbus. The classes will meet once a week from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the followng dates: Aug. 4, 11, 18, 25, and Sept. 2 and 8. For more information, call Charlotte Davis or Illona Preattle at (706) 356-2910 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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The River Valley Area Agency on Agency staff participate in two advisory councils: the Regional Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) and the Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council.


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The ADRC Advisory Council meets quarterly.

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River Valley Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council
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Senior Centers



Clay County
Clay County Senior Center
202 Wilson Street
P.O. Box 442
Ft. Gaines, GA 39851
Linda Davis, Manager
(229)768-3043
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Crisp County
Reginald Barry Jr. Senior Center
115 East 24th Avenue
Cordele, GA 31015
Sherri Emerson, Manager
(229)273-1183

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Dooly County
Vienna Senior Center
991 East Pine Street 
Vienna, GA 31092
Eileen Gilbert, Site Manager
(229)268-6128

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Harris County
Harris County Senior Center
10245 Hwy 116 East
P.O. Box 494 Hamilton, GA 31811
Paula Jackson-Walker, Manager
(706)628-5587
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Macon County
Riverview Senior Center
50 Riverview Lane
P.O. Box 607
Oglethorpe, GA 31068
Jean Head, Manager
(478)472-7166
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Marion County
Buena Vista Senior Center
119 Baker Street
P.O. Box 896
Buena Vista, GA 31803
April Hudson, Manager
(229)649-3920
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Muscogee County
E.J. Knight Senior Center
1121 Ft. Benning Road Columbus, GA 31903
Zonia Tate, Manager
(706)571-2908
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Randolph County
Randolph County Senior Center
138 Mathew Street
P.O. Box 233
Cuthbert, GA 39840
Lenita Rogers, Manager
(229) 732-6811
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Stewart County
Stewart County Senior Center
2141 Broad Street P.O. Box 1176
Lumpkin, GA 31815 Shannon Webb, Manager
(229)838-6131
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Sumter County
Americus Senior Center
717 N. Jackson Street
Americus, GA 31709
Alice Bridges, Manager
(229)924-1739
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Talbot County
Talbot County Senior Center
1127 Woodland Highway
P.O. Box 201
Talbotton, GA 31827
Cindy Cunningham, Manager
(706)665-3604
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Taylor County
Reynolds Senior Citizen Center
25 W. William Wainwright St.
Reynolds, GA 31076
Bernice Wright, Manager
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Others


Ellaville-Schley County Senior Center
 P. O. Box 114
Ellaville, GA 31806
Carlean Beckwith, Manager
(229)937-2001 (229)937-2025 Fax


Gallops Senior Center
1212 15th Street
Columbus, GA 31901
Reggie Thompson, Manager
(706)653-4193


Edgewood Senior Center
2630 Reese Road
Columbus, GA 31907
Joann Blackshear, Manager
(706)317-4251


Fox Senior Center
3720 5th Ave.
Columbus, GA 31904
Manager, Alice Brewer
(706)225-4645

 

 

 

 

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