Chronic Pain Self-Management Program

York County Area Agency on Aging welcomes a new evidence-based Health and Wellness Program for York County older adults. The Chronic Pain Self-Management Program is designed for those 60-plus living with chronic pain and caregivers 60-plus caring for someone living with chronic pain. The program was developed by the Self-Management Resource Center, formerly Stanford University Patient Education Resource Center. It is designed to help older adults living with chronic pain to explore healthy ways to manage and live with their chronic pain condition so they can enjoy more fulfilling, satisfying lives.

The program is led by certified leaders and held once weekly for 6 weeks, with each class spanning 2.5 hours. Participants will learn self-management tools like physical activity, breathing techniques, understanding emotions, using your mind, healthy eating, and others. Each participant will go away with a companion book, Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Pain, and a Moving Easy Program CD, gentle exercises for chronic pain.

Who Can Participate?

  •  Anyone age 60 and older living with chronic pain
  •  A caregiver, age 60 and older, of someone living with chronic pain

Self-Management Tool Box

The program promotes a Self-Management Tool Box to address:

  •  Physical Activity
  •  Pacing and Planning
  •  Decision Making
  •  Action-Planning
  •  Breathing Techniques
  •  Understanding Emotions
  •  Problem-Solving
  •  Using Your Mind
  •  Sleep
  •  Communication
  •  Healthy Eating
  •  Medications

Class dates & times can be found on our Health & Wellness Class Schedules page.

Participant Quote

“This program was a solid 10. I have been in pain for the last 12 years. I have learned more about living with pain with this course than I have in the previous 12 years living with the pain. It was great taking this course with other people who have similar experiences. When I started this program I experienced a pain level from 6-10. Now that I'm applying the program my pain levels have dropped to a level of 4-6. I would recommend this program to anyone that has to live in pain.”        — Mike M.