Special to the Log Cabin

Register now for the "Diabetes – Self Management Program," which will be held at the Ola & John Hawks Senior Wellness & Activity Center beginning Tuesday, April 5 and every Tuesday for six weeks ending May 10.

There is no charge for this class and it is open to the public. The class is two and a half hours long each Tuesday beginning at 1 p.m. The Ola & John Hawks Senior Wellness and Activity Center is located at 705 E. Siebenmorgen in Conway.

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. Continued improvements in these areas have been noted at the end of 12 months.

This program does not conflict with existing programs or treatments.

Treatments are not altered. For medical questions, participants are referred to their physicians or diabetes educators.

If the content of the workshop conflicts with instructions they receive elsewhere, they are advised to follow their physicians’ orders and discuss discrepancies with their physician.

The class is limited to 18 participants and senior adults age 60 and older will be given preference if this limit is exceeded. Anyone interested should call 501-327-2895 to reserve a space in advance.