Diabetes Empowerment Education Program- DEEP
Spring into a Healthier You!
- To help people with diabetes live better, and make better choices;
- To prevent and/or reduce adverse health outcomes related to diabetes.
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(Chinook, Mont.) â€“ Older adults are at a higher risk for diabetes and pre-diabetes than younger Americans. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than one in every four Americans over the age of 65 has diabetes, and with age comes greater risks for complications. Diabetes can lead to heart attacks, strokes, blindness, kidney disease, amputations and even death.
However, studies show it is never too late to make changes to improve a personâ€™s health. Motivated adults ready to make lifestyle changes can slow the progression of diabetes and avoid or delay complications.
To help older adults who want to get better control of their diabetes, Mountain-Pacific Quality Health, the Medicare Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) for Montana, the Montana State University Extension Blaine County office and the Montana Geriatric Education Center are partnering together to offer a series of six, free diabetes classes. These classes provide fun, informative and interactive ways to help people with diabetes or pre-diabetes (high blood sugar)
- understand diabetes and how it affects the entire body;
- manage diabetes in a way that makes sense for them and their individual health goals;
- become more informed members of their health care teams, as they continue to work with their doctors, diabetes educators and other health care providers to improve their health.
The classes support, not replace, professional diabetes self-management education. While the classes are designed for people with Medicare, anyone with diabetes or pre-diabetes is welcome to attend.
The series kicks off Wednesday, April 5, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM, in the Triple E Room at the Courthouse Annex at 400 Ohio Street in Chinook. Classes then meet every Wednesday through May 10. Anyone interested in attending these classes can register by calling (406) 357-3200.