Family and friends of people with diabetes will be the topic of discussion as Trinity Health’s Center for Diabetes Education presents the program, “Caregivers Support,” Tuesday, May 21, at 5:30 p.m. in the Trinity Health Community Conference Room at Town & Country Center, 1015 South Broadway.
Certified Diabetes Educator Andrea Anhorn, RN, CDE, will offer tips to assist families/friends when it comes to supporting their loved ones with diabetes. She’ll also discuss how patients can benefit from these relationships.
“A diabetes diagnosis can be overwhelming for both patients and caregivers,” Anhorn said. “It’s always helpful to share ideas on how best to support loved ones and to know what works and what to avoid.”
The American Diabetes Association says it’s essential for caregivers to educate themselves about diabetes and to understand that diabetes is a condition that can be managed.
“One of the best things we can do is to make changes together as a family,” Anhorn added. “Most of the lifestyle changes that help manage diabetes are good for all of us, such as exercising and making healthy food choices. It’s less lonely if you do it together.”
The free program is part of the center’s ongoing educational series, Keys to Diabetes Success. The focus of this year’s topics is a mindful approach to diabetes care. Reservations aren’t required but recommended by calling the Center for Diabetes Education at 857-5268.