Centers Partner with YMCA on Diabetes Program
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Centers Partner with YMCA on Diabetes Program

November 13, 2013

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November is American Diabetes Month—a great opportunity to educate seniors about their risk for diabetes and how to manage this widespread chronic condition.

Two members of NCOA's National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC) are partnering with their local YMCA to provide a Diabetes Self-Management Program. Read about their success!

Wilmington Senior Center, DE

by Susan Getman, Executive Director, Wilmington Senior Center

Laughter, applause, and encouraging words echo down the hall when the weekly Diabetes Prevention Program is in session at this senior center.

The evidence-based program, offered in partnership with the YMCA of Delaware, provides 16 sessions about healthy living for people at high risk for developing diabetes. Goals include reducing body weight by 7% and increasing physical activity to 150 minutes per week.

In addition to the sessions led by a trained coach, participants benefit from a free YMCA membership and maintain their progress through monthly support group meetings once the classroom work has ended.

Although the conversation was about weight and exercising, the most recent group meeting at the senior center sounded more like a pep rally! Participants cheered when hearing news of a 10-pound weight loss and how members were using tips to read labels and control portions.

One member reported that her doctor had suggested she come to this “excellent” program, and another commented that she’d learned more in the first four sessions than in 10 years of being pre-diabetic.

All were happy to be there and said they looked forward to coming. And they clapped in agreement when their classmate declared, “The program works!”

Wilmington Senior Center couldn’t provide this program without a partnership with the YMCA of Delaware. Many of the center’s members have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes, but we don’t have staff time or expertise to offer the workshops ourselves.

The Y makes it easy to implement: They conduct registration, get referrals from physicians, request payments from Medicare, and promote the program. We’re thrilled to join with them in this program to reduce type 2 diabetes and keep people healthy as they age.

LifeCare Alliance, Columbus, OH

by Heather McCormick, Director of Wellness Services, LifeCare Alliance

LifeCare partnered with the Jerry Garver YMCA in Canal Winchester. LifeCare Alliance’s Registered Nurse conducts blood glucose and blood pressure screenings and provides instructions on using a blood glucose meter for the YMCA’s Diabetes Self-Management Program. The 10-week program is designed for those with diabetes and at high risk for diabetes. 
The Diabetes Self-Management Program educates individuals about the risk factors related to diabetes and chronic illnesses associated with the disease. It includes weekly sessions provided by health care professionals such as the Central Ohio Diabetes Association and physical activity with the guidance of the wellness staff. Monthly maintenance sessions follow the completion of the 10-week program to provide continued support.


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