By Frank Lewis
According to the 2014 National Diabetes Statistics Report, released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 29 million people in the U.S., ages 20 or older, have diabetes. That’s 12.3 percent of the adult population and 1 in 4 do not know it. That number has increased from 26 million in 2010.
In 2012 alone, 1.7 million people ages 20 years or older were newly diagnosed with diabetes and 208,000 people younger than 20 years have either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes.
If you are living with Type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes, caring for someone living with diabetes, or you are someone who just wants to learn more about healthy living and 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 and 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 the Vern Riffe Library, located at 3850 Rhodes Avenue in New Boston. Sessions over the six-week period will be held each Thursday from Sept. 10 through Oct. 15. Each session will be from 1-3:30 p.m. It is recommended that 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 Sept. 8 by calling the AAA7 toll-free at 1-800-582-7277, extension 215 or extension 284.
Services offered by the Area Agency on Aging District 7 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. According to AAA7, 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.
Those interested in learning more can call toll-free at 1-800-582-7277 (TTY: 711). Individuals can speak directly with a nurse or social worker who will assist them with information surrounding the programs and services that are available to best serve their needs. The Agency also offers an in-home assessment at no cost for those who are interested in learning more. Information is also available on www.aaa7.org, or the Agency can be contacted through e-mail at [email protected] The Agency also has a Facebook page located at www.facebook.com/AreaAgencyOnAgingDistrict7.
Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis