Date: May 23, 2017 | Category: News
The Warsaw Senior Center at Harbor Village will offer a free, six-week course to help older adults live well with diabetes.
The Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP) course will be offered for free, but registration is required. The course, which will include six two-hour sessions, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesdays beginning June 14 at the center, 17571 N. Dam Access Road.
One in four Americans age 65 and older have diabetes; that amounts to 11.2 million seniors who live with diagnosed and undiagnosed diabetes.
The objectives of the DEEP course are to reduce diabetes risk factors, including obesity and high blood pressure; to increase knowledge of the condition; and to motivate people to take steps to manage their condition.
Care Connection for Aging Services Lifestyles Specialist Samantha Schnell and Nutritionist Eric Messer will co-lead the class.
However, the course is designed so that participants learn from themselves and each other.
“It’s very interactive,” Schnell said. “We want participants to know that they are not alone in dealing with the struggles of living with diabetes. There are simple changes that can make a big difference in their quality of life.”
Specific topics include diet, exercise, weight loss, monitoring, medication, stress management, smoking cessation, and care of the feet, teeth and eyes.
Schnell said she hopes that when the course if finished, the participants can “build a network with people in their community that they can rely on after the six weeks are over.”
To register for the program, call Schnell at 1-800-748-7826.