Diabetes Self-Management Workshops

Sanford Center for Aging

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The Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP) workshop is designed for people with type 2 diabetes, caregivers, and pre-diabetics. This workshop teaches the skills needed in the day-to-day management of any type of ongoing health condition in order to maintain and/or increase an active and fulfilling lifestyle.

DSMP Workshop topics include:

  • Techniques to deal with the symptoms of diabetes, fatigue, pain, hyper/hypoglycemia, stress, and emotional problems such as depression, anger, fear and frustration
  • Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength and endurance
  • Healthy eating
  • Appropriate use of medication
  • Working more effectively with health care providers.

After taking this workshop participants have reported:

  • Decreased depression
  • Improvements in hypoglycemic symptoms
  • Better communication with healthcare provider
  • Healthier eating habits and reading food labels
  • Greater self-efficacy

Taking Charge workshops meet once a week for 7 consecutive weeks, for two and a half hours. Workshops are facilitated from a highly detailed manual by two trained Leaders, one or both of whom are peer leaders with diabetes themselves. Each workshop is interactive. Participants will have the opportunity to make weekly action plans, share experiences, and help each other solve problems they encounter by creating and carrying out their own self-management.

Who should participate in DSMP?

Anyone living with type 2 diabetes, caregivers, and pre-diabetics. Caregivers and partners are welcomed as well.

Upcoming Workshops

Date and location of the next workshop is to be determined. Please call (775) 784-1583 for more information.