Living a healthy life

Living a Healthy Life with Help from Living Well Program


Heart disease, cancer, stroke, high blood pressure, anxiety, arthritis, chronic pain, and diabetes are all long-term, serious, life-altering chronic conditions that affect many older adults.  In fact, about 80% of older people have at least one of the mentioned conditions, and 50% have at least two.  Chronic health problems are not only costing the health care industry trillions of dollars each year, it is also affecting the ours lives and friends, neighbors, family members, and spouses.


No matter the condition you are dealing with, there come frustrations, anger, and some fear of the future.  The good news is, you are not in this alone.  That is why the Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) is now offering Living Well, a researched and proven program from Stanford University to give you control of your life and your health.


Living Well’s main goal is to provide mutual support and to successfully build the participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives.



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.
  • How to evaluate new treatments.


Each participant in the workshop receives a copy of the companion book, Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions, 3rd Edition to use during the class as an additional resource. 


Classes are taught to a small group (up to 15 older adults) by two trained leaders.  The workshop meets weekly for six consecutive weeks for 2.5 hours.  Each week a new topic is covered and a weekly action plan is set.


This program is designed for:

  • Adults with on going health issues like arthritis, heart disease, anxiety, chronic pain, or any other long term illness
  • Adults ready to feel better, be in control, and do the things they want


Keeping You Informed

Healthy Eating for Successful Living classes happen regularly throughout the communities in Green County.  To stay up-to-date, you can check out our Events Calendar by clicking HERE, get updates delivered directly to your inbox by subscribing HERE, or call the Aging & Disability Resource Center office at 608-328-9499


Additional Resources


How was the Program Developed and Evaluated?

What Were the Results?

More information from Stanford University about the Living Well Program

National Council on Aging (NCOA) Chronic Disease Self-Management Program



 In the News


AoA-funded Chronic Disease Self-Management Empowers Healthy Aging

Million Hearts in Wisconsin, presented by MetaStar and featuring Living Well with Chronic Conditions

Health Sense: Group tries to reduce hospital readmissions : Wisconsin State Journal