Register now for the "Diabetes — Self Management Program" which will be held at the Conway Senior Wellness & Activity Center beginning Tuesday, March 4, and every Tuesday for six weeks ending April 8. There is no charge for this class and it is open to the public. The class is 2 ½ hours each Tuesday beginning at 2:30 p.m. The Senior Wellness and Activity Center is located at 1620 Donaghey Ave. This course is based on studies conducted by the Stanford Patient Education Research Center. Subjects covered include: 1.) techniques to deal with the symptoms of diabetes, fatigue, pain, hyper/hypoglycemia, stress, and emotional problems such as depression, anger, fear and frustration; 2.) appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength and endurance; 3.) healthy eating 4.) appropriate use of medication; and 5.) working more effectively with health care providers. Participants will make weekly action plans, share experiences, and help each other solve problems they encounter in creating and carrying out their self-management program. Physicians, diabetes educators, dietitians, and other health professionals have reviewed all materials under the Stanford study. Six months after the workshop, participants have shown significant improvements in depression, symptoms of hypoglycemia, communication with physicians, healthy eating, and reading food labels. They also had significant improvements in patient activation and self-efficacy. At 12 months, participants have shown continued improvements with depression, communication with physicians, healthy eating, patient activation, and self-efficacy.

The class is limited to 18 participants and senior adults age 60 and older will be given priority if this limit is exceeded. Anyone interested should call 327-2895 to reserve a space in advance.