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GAINESVILLE – According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 29 million people in the United States, about 9 percent of the country’s population, have diabetes. That was an increase of 3 million from 2010.

Elder Options offers Diabetes Self-Management workshops to help participants learn to manage and better control the disease. The workshops are held for 2 ½ hours once a week for six weeks.

In Living Healthy workshops, participants share advice and personal experiences on how to manage medical problems. Ronald Jones, 62, a past program participant and current workshop leader shared, “It’s one thing to hear it from a doctor, but it’s easier to swallow hearing it from people who have been through the same thing as myself.”

The Diabetes Self-Management Workshop will be held Feb. 1 – March 7 from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Elder Options located at 100 SW 75th Street, Suite 301, Gainesville. Contact Betty Flagg at 352-692-5219 for additional information.

Elder Options is a non-profit agency that administers funds from the Florida Department of Elder Affairs for senior services in a sixteen county area (Alachua, Bradford, Citrus, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Hernando, Lafayette, Lake, Levy, Marion, Putnam, Sumter, Suwannee and Union counties).

Elder Options, mandated by the Federal Older Americans Act, exists to promote the independence, dignity, health, and well-being of our elder citizens; to plan, fund and administer a coordinated continuum of services; and to advocate for the needs of older Americans.

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