The Rogers County Health Department and the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative (OHAI) Northeast Center of Healthy Aging will be hosting a free educational program to help those living with diabetes.

The Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP) is a six week program designed to teach self-management tools to older adults and their caregivers who want learn how to manage diabetes in order to improve their overall quality of life.

“This (program) is interactive and will teach through small groups, games, activities and support conversations,” said Devon Murray, Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative. “Attendees will learn about diabetes management through meal planning, how diabetes affects the body, how to monitor changes, get tips on physical activity, encouraging family involvement and much more.”

Murray said each week will focus on a different aspect and provide tips to implement at home. Participants will receive supportive handouts and meet others who have diabetes.

The Diabetic Empowerment Education Program will begin at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16 at the Rogers County Health Department, 2664 North Highway 88 in Claremore, and continue once a week through Nov. 20.

Instructors will be provided by OHAI, a program of the Donald W. Reynolds Department of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Oklahoma.

For more information or to reserve your spot in the classes, call OHAI’s Northeast Center of Healthy Aging at (888) 616-8161.

The Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative (OHAI) is a program of the Donald W. Reynolds Department of Geriatric Medicine at The University of Oklahoma and is supported by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.

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