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posted: 3/18/2014 1:56 PM

'Take Charge' program teaches proactive approach to diabetes

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Submitted by Barrington Area Council on Aging

The Barrington Area Council on Aging, in partnership with AgeOptions, will offer "Take Charge of Your Diabetes" a health education class for adults 55 and over.

The class will emphasize diabetes Type II self-management, but it's appropriate for anyone who is interested in better health or losing weight.

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The six-week class will be from 4:30-6 p.m. Wednesdays, April 2-May 7, at The Garlands, 1000 Garlands Lane, Barrington.

The program uses the Stanford University Patient Education Research Center's Diabetes Self-Management Program which has proved successful for diabetes management. Topics covered in the six-week class will include decision-making and problem-solving skills; exercise, managing fatigue, managing pain and stress, nutrition and communications. Medication and treatment decisions will also be discussed.

The program is free; for information or to register, call Diane in Social Services at BACOA at (847) 381-5030.

The Barrington Area Council on Aging, Inc. is a private, nonprofit organization. Its mission is to serve seniors, family caregivers and the community. Visit

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