Living Well With Diabetes

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Learn To Manage Your Type 2 Diabetes

Develop strategies for living well, and build confidence in your ability to manage your own health and maintain an active life through a mutual support from fellow class participants and the leaders.

About The Living Well with Diabetes Class

Living Well with Diabetes, also known as Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP), was developed at Stanford University, is managed by the Self-Management Resource Center, and is recognized by the American Diabetes Association as a Diabetes Support Program. This class is appropriate for anyone who has been diagnosed with either pre-diabetes or diabetes and would like to learn tips for a healthy lifestyle. It is also pertinent for people with poor blood sugar control, an A1c greater than 7 percent, or anyone who has recently experienced complications that required an emergency room visit or hospital treatment.

The class is held once a week for six weeks. Each 2½ hour session includes a combination of presentations, discussions, and activities that will help participants manage their health.

Topics include:

  • Healthy eating
  • Appropriate use of medication
  • Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength and endurance
  • Working more effectively with healthcare providers
  • Techniques to deal with symptoms of diabetes, including fatigue, pain, stress, hyper/hypoglycemia, depression, frustration, etc.
  • Action-planning, problem-solving, and decision-making
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Benefits of The Diabetes Self-Management Program

Class participants can expect to gain one or more of the following benefits:

  • Improvement in health and sense of well-being
  • Reduced risk of medical complications
  • Help each other problem solve through shared experiences
  • Learn how to make and use weekly action plans
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Is there a fee?

The cost for A.C.E. of SW Minnesota to offer DSMP classes is based on individual voluntary contributions and donations. No one will be denied services because of their inability or unwillingness to contribute towards this service.

Because this service is made possible, in part, under the Federal Older Americans Act through a grant award from the Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging (MNRAAA) under an Area Plan approved by the Minnesota Board on Aging, certain guidelines must be strictly adhered to. Cost sharing is one of those guidelines. A.C.E. of Southwest Minnesota has a fully established and implemented Cost Share Policy/Statement of Value Process for Title III program participants with coordinating sliding scales. Title III-D Living Well with Diabetes Class Sliding Fee Scale 100%

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A.C.E. of Southwest Minnesota is funded in part by AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP Program, MN Board on Aging, and MNRAAA.
It is also sponsored locally by Cottonwood, Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, and Rock Counties.

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