Living Well with Diabetes

Program coming to Molokai.

Maui County Office on Aging News Release

Diabetes is one of Hawaii’s most common diseases, and to help residents better manage its effects, a workshop is coming to Molokai. Ke Ola Pono will offer the program “Living Well with Diabetes” at Home Pumehana beginning on May 20. The workshops will be held on Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and run for six consecutive weeks.

“Living Well with Diabetes” shows participants how to take care of themselves and do the things necessary to manage their diabetes and related symptoms. Classes are small, allowing classmates to get to know each other and work together to achieve their health goals.  

Although this workshop is being offered by through a Kupuna Program, it is not for kupuna only.  It is for any adult with Type 2 Diabetes, prediabetes or is at high risk to develop diabetes.  People who participate in and complete the workshops feel better, are less limited by their health conditions, and often spend less time at the doctor’s.

Ke Ola Pono is an evidence-based program developed by Stanford University’s Patient Education Research Center.  It is designed to complement and enhance and individual’s medical professional’s recommended treatment plans.  Topics covered include goal setting, problem solving, planning for sick days, appropriate use of medications, healthy eating, and communicating effectively with family, friends and your health professionals.

Registration is required in advance and space is limited to a dozen participants per class. Transportation may be able to be arranged. Caregivers are also welcome and encouraged to attend.  The cost for the entire workshop series is $10 for those 60 years of age and over and $35 for those under 60. Scholarships are available.

This program is provided through the Maui County Office on Aging and is endorsed by various community partners such as Alu Like, Na Pu`uwai and Dr. Daniel McGuire.

For more information or to register, call 553-5393.

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