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Diabetes PATH

Diabetes PATH is a workshop designed specifically for older adults (those 65 and over) that suffer from diabetes. The six week program teaches individuals how to modify recipes to make them diabetic friendly, determine what foods they should eat and learn how to fit their favorite foods into their new healthy lifestyle. All participants will also meet one-on-one with a Registered Dietitian.

Who Should Attend?

Seniors (age 65 and over) who have Type 2 Diabetes

During the six two-and-a half hour sessions, participants learn to:

  • Develop healthy eating habits (modify recipes, determine what foods you should eat and how to fit your favorite foods into your lifestyle)
  • Include physical activity
  • Deal with symptoms of diabetes like fatigue, pain and stress
  • Understand emotions such as fear, anger, frustration and depression
  • Use medications appropriately
  • Talk with other people about your diabetes

What do Participants Say?

"By coming together, you know you're not the only one who is dealing with these issues"

Would your organization like to offer Diabetes PATH classes in your community or become a Diabetes PATH Lay Leader?

Facilitator training sessions, known as Lay Leader training sessions offered by Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan.  Please contact healthyaging@aaawm.org if you are interested in becoming a Lay Leader or would like to host a Diabetes PATH class at your location

Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan
3215 Eaglecrest Dr NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Phone: 616-456-5664 or 888-456-5664 • Fax: 616-456-5692


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