Health
Thursday, November 27, 2003
Visually Impaired Group
The Seaford Visually Impaired Suuport Group meets in the activity room of the Methodist Manor House the first and third Thursdays from 1:30-3 p.m. Anyone with a vision problem or a caregiver is welcome. There is no charge. Phone Robert Gray, 629-6204.

Outreach campaign target caregivers
An estimated 70,000 people in Delaware are caring for an elderly relative or friend at home. In November, CARE Delaware is working to reach these individuals with an important message: “We’re here to help.” “Caregivers are often isolated and under a great deal of stress. They’re juggling full-time jobs with the responsibilities of caring for an elderly person. Many people find themselves in this situation somewhat suddenly, when a family member falls ill or becomes disabled. We want them to know that they can turn to us for help,” said Leah Jones, administrator. For more information about CARE Delaware resources and information, call the Delaware Helpline at 1-800-464-HELP, contact the DHSS’ Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities (DSAAPD) at 1-800-223-9074, or visit their website at www.DSAAPD.com. For those who are caring for a loved one from a distance and need to find the agency on aging in their elder’s local area, assistance is also available through the Elder Care Locator. Those who need help should call 1-800-677-1166 or online at www.eldercare.gov. Steps to prevent and manage diabetes
  November is American Diabetes Month
According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes is the fifth deadliest disease in the United States. A third of the 17 million Americans with diabetes are unaware that they have the disease. About 90-95 percent of people living with diabetes have type 2, or adult onset diabetes, a devastating illness with potentially life-threatening complications. Those at highest risk include:
  • People over the age of 45
  • Those with a family history of diabetes
  • People who are overweight or do not exercise regularly
  • Women who develop gestational diabetes during pregnancy
  • People of African American, Latino, Native American or Asian decent
  • Children who are overweight and in middle to late puberty
Fortunately there are several ways to prevent and manage diabetes. Dr. Kandeel suggests the following:
  • Eat a well-balanced diet
  • Exercise regularly and shed the extra pounds
  • Manage physical and mental stress factors
  • Practice good personal hygiene, including oral health, skin care, foot care and eye care
For more information about diabetes research and treatment at the City of Hope Leslie & Susan Gonda (Goldschmied) Diabetes & Genetic Research Center, call 1-800-826-HOPE.