Diabetes self-management program

Staff Report

Are you living with Type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes, caring for someone living with diabetes, or are you someone who just wants to learn more about healthy living? Would you like to gain confidence and new skills to manage your diabetes and feel healthier? The Area Agency on Aging District 7, Inc. (AAA7) is excited to bring a special evidence-based Diabetes Self-Management Program to local residents.

Participants in the Diabetes Self-Management Program will gain needed support in addition to a number of other benefits including:

* Learning practical ways to deal with pain, fatigue and depression

* Discovering ways to be more physically active

* Learning how to eat healthier and manage your diet

* Learning better ways to talk with your physician and family about your health

* Monitoring your blood sugar

* Finding ways to relax and deal with stress

The Program is open to those age 60 and over. The free six-week workshop will soon be offered in Scioto County at Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Gibson Building, located at 2201 25th Street in Portsmouth. Sessions over the six-week period will be held each Wednesday from March 15th through April 19th. Each session will be from 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm. Those participating should attend all six sessions.

Participants in the Diabetes Self-Management Program can represent individuals living with diabetes, be a caregiver of someone with diabetes, or be someone who simply wants to learn more about healthy living.

Pre-registration is required by March 10 by calling the AAA7 toll-free at 1-800-582-7277, extension 247 or extension 284.

Your local Area Agency on Aging District 7, Inc. provides services on a non-discriminatory basis in ten counties in Southern Ohio including Adams, Brown, Gallia, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, Ross, Scioto and Vinton. These services are available to help older adults and those with disabilities live safely and independently in their own homes through services paid for by Medicare, Medicaid, other federal and state resources, as well as private pay. The AAA7’s

Resource Center is also available to anyone in the community looking for information or assistance with long-term care options. Available Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm, the Resource Center is a valuable contact for learning more about options and what programs and services are available for assistance.

Staff Report