The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSM) is a six-week education and support program. It offers older adults with chronic health problems the opportunity to build skills and share experiences on a number of topics:
- 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.
Seniors' Care is a six-video series about common health challenges in older adults. As you age, it's important to adopt a healthy lifestyle and be aware of early signs and symptoms of health issues so preventative measures and early interventions can be taken. Watch the video Seniors' Care at NYGH: Chronic disease management and view other videos in the series.
Many older adults in Canada are living with one or more chronic conditions that will have a long-term impact on their lives, such as diabetes, osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease. Because of these multiple health issues, North York General Hospital Physician Dr. Patrick Chu says a holistic approach to care is ideal. Programs and workshops can help provide older adults with the tools and resources to live an active life with a chronic condition.