Diabetes Self-Management

Older woman preparing a healthy salad
Photo Credit: 2011
Amanda Mills/CDC

This program empowers older adults to take control of their diabetes.  The training emphasizes the individual’s role in managing their lifestyle and builds self-confidence so that they can be successful in adopting healthy behaviors.  DSMP helps individuals with diabetes or pre-diabetes and their caregivers, better manage their condition.

Topics Include:

  • Monitoring blood sugar
  • What to do on sick days
  • Communicating effectively
  • Healthy eating
  • Reading food labels
  • Menu planning
  • Techniques for dealing with problems; i.e. frustration, fatigue, pain & isolation
  • Exercises for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility & endurance

Participant Benefits:

  • Increased knowledge of diabetes
  • Increased self-management skills (starting with self-monitoring)
  • Adherence to care plan
  • Reduced HbA1c levels
  • Reduced complications
  • Better communication with providers
  • Improved standards of care
  • Greater satisfaction with care
  • Improved emotional well-being
  • Short and long term behavioral change
  • Better management of psychosocial issues

Classes are held once a week, 2.5 hours long, six weeks in length.

 

Upcoming Classes & Who to Contact to Register?

Interested?  Questions?    Contact Betty Flagg at (352) 378-6649, ext 119 or via e-mail at flaggb@agingresources.org.