Living Well with Chronic Conditions

Jill Renken

Hi, I'm Jill Renken, Older Americans Act consultant with the  Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources and Community Research Associate with the Community Academic Aging Research Network.

I'm here to help, so if you have questions about the Living Well program, are interested in becoming a Living Well program leader, or would like to bring a Living Well workshop to your community, please contact me.


Living Well is a high-level evidence-based workshop for people who have one or more chronic conditions. A chronic condition is an on-going health problem or disease such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, and other long-term problems. Developed at Stanford University, the Living Well workshop meets for 2-1/2 hours a week for six weeks. Classes are highly participative. Mutual support and success build participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health condition to maintain active and fulfilling lives.  It is facilitated by two trained leaders in a classroom style, but most of the learning comes from sharing and helping others with similar challenges.

Workshops are best for anyone who:

  • Has, or lives with someone who has, one or more chronic conditions
  • Is living in a home or apartment; and
  • Is not suffering from dementia

Living Well benefits:


  • Improved general health (as reported by participants)
  • Fewer days of hospitalization
  • Fewer out-patient health care visits
  • Cost savings of approximately 10:1 


Visit Tomando Control de su Salud to learn more about the Spanish-language version of this program!



NCOA Fact Sheet -- The Value of the Stanford University CDSMP

Living Well Outcomes

Living Well PowerPower Point

This PowerPoint slide presentation provides background information on the Living Well with Chronic Conditions program and was initially designed for potential program Leaders. You are welcome to use relevant slides through "Dissemination in Wisconsin" in any outreach efforts or in developing partnerships. The balance of the slides are related to Leader qualifications, Leader expectations and training, a community's readiness to take on the program, excerpts from the Planning Guide, the Leader portion of the WIHA website, support for Leaders and Leader training. As such, they are not relevant for potential participants but may be relevant in developing partnerships.


To learn more about chronic disease self-management programs like Living Well, check out these videos.


Living Well with Chronic Conditions Leader Application Form

For information on becoming a Living Well Leader please click on the "Becoming a Workshop Leader in Wisconsin" tab above. You will find a link to the online registration on that page.