Live Well - a Chronic Disease Self-Management Program

Live Well brings great news for older adults and caregivers with on-going  conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, anxiety, depression, heart and lung disease, asthma and any chronic pain.  Live Well is a nationwide evidence-based health promotion program developed by Stanford University. Workshops help participants and caregivers to:
  • Find better ways of dealing with pain and fatigue
  • Discover easy exercises to help improve or maintain strength and energy
  • Learn the appropriate use of medications
  • Improve nutrition
  • Talk effectively with family, friends and health professionals
  • Understand new treatment choices
  • Feel better about life
  • Increase confidence in ability to manage health

Workshops are highly interactive and are facilitated by two trained leaders, one or both of whom are non-health professionals with chronic diseases themselves . Workshops cover new topics each week and provide opportunities for interaction and group problem solving.

Live Well workshops consist of a two hour session, once a week for six weeks. Workshops are offered in community settings such as senior centers, churches, libraries, and hospitals, online via Zoom, or through a phone conference call. People with different chronic health problems attend together.
How can I attend a Live Well Workshop?

Contact your local Area on Agency on Aging and ask to speak with the Live Well Coordinator for a listing of workshops in your area or complete this referral form and a program representative will contact you. Workshops are offered in-person, virtually, and telephonically.


Is the program offered in different languages?
Yes! In Connecticut the Live Well program is also offered in Spanish. The program is called Tomando Control de su Salud. Interested individuals can contact their local Area Agency on Aging for a listing of workshops in their area.


Does the Program replace existing programs and treatments?

Live Well will not conflict with existing programs or treatment. It is designed to enhance regular treatment and disease-specific education such as Better Breathers, cardiac rehabilitation, or diabetes instruction. In addition, many people have more than one chronic condition. The program is especially helpful for these people, as it gives them the skills to coordinate all the things needed to manage their health, as well as to help them keep active in their lives.


How is the Program Funded?
This program is funded by the Department of Aging and Disability Services through Older Americans Act Title III-D funding.