Old Colony Elder Services (OCES), a private, non-profit agency designated as an Aging Services Access Point (ASAP) serving seniors and individuals with disabilities throughout the greater Brockton and Plymouth county areas, will offer a six week “Healthy Eating” Diabetes Self-Management Program at the Duxbury Council on Aging (COA), located at 10 Mayflower Street.
The Healthy Eating Diabetes Self-Management Program will be held on Mondays, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., from July 22 to August 26, 2013. As diabetes affects seniors at a much higher rate than younger adults, the program is geared towards seniors and their caregivers. Dorothy Slack, RN, Wellness Program Manager, and Donna Marie Forand, Outreach and Education Specialist, from OCES, will lead the program.
The Healthy Eating Diabetes Self-Management Program is an evidence-based program developed at Stanford University designed to help individuals develop a greater awareness of their role in disease management. The Healthy Eating program is for the newly diagnosed and talks about the impact of diabetes on their lifestyle. Attendees will learn about common problems with diabetes, reading food labels, enhancing communication, advocating for themselves and creating an action plan.
“The goal of the Healthy Eating Diabetes Self-Management Program is to help people choose healthy eating behaviors they would like to follow and to design strategies for incorporating these behaviors into daily life. Setting weekly goals, making an action plan, giving feedback and sharing are a significant part of each workshop session,” explained Diana DiGiorgi, Executive Director of OCES.
There is no cost to attend this program. Registration is required. To register, contact the Duxbury COA at 781-934-5774.
Founded in 1974, OCES serves 20 towns in Plymouth County as well as Avon, Easton and Stoughton. OCES is a private, non-profit organization located in Brockton and designated as one of 27 Aging Services Access Points (ASAPs) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The organization’s mission is to support the independence and dignity of elders and individuals with disabilities by providing essential information and services that promote healthy and safe living.
The agency has 169 employees and operates more than 15 programs serving elders, individuals with disabilities, their families and caregivers. For more information call (508) 584-1561 or visit the website at www.oldcolonyelderservices.org.