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November 4, 2022

The Madison Senior Living Diabetes Awareness in the Community

Category: Health & Wellness

Author: Ally Roberts, Director of Wellness

It was November 1975 when the American Diabetes Association (ADA) first declared November National Diabetes Awareness Month. While diabetes is a common condition among Americans, there are still many Americans that are unaware of what diabetes is, who is at risk, and what chronic conditions can result from the disease. For example, most Americans with diabetes have Type 2, which is highly preventable with diet, exercise, education, and understanding of the disease. As Director of Wellness at The Madison Senior Living, it is up to me to spread awareness and provide education for diabetes.

The difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes is Type l is a genetic condition that shows up early in life and Type 2 is lifestyle related and develops over time. Some early signs and symptoms of diabetes are increased thirst, frequent urination, increased hunger, fatigue, blurred vision, and slow-healing sores. Comorbidities that could arise because of diabetes include obesity, hypertension, heart disease, kidney disease, and sleep disorders.

Lifestyle changes that can be made to decrease the risk of diabetes are staying active, healthy eating, and losing weight. Being overweight, family history, age, not being physically active are some obstacles for at-risk Americans.

We support our residents that have diabetes by being open to the kind of help they want, not judging, serving them a variety of foods, and offering mental and emotional support.

It is important to know the signs and symptoms of diabetes. The Wellness Team of The Madison Senior Living is highly trained to recognize, educate, and help with the prevention of diabetes. We are also skilled with assisting residents currently afflicted with the disease.

The Madison Senior Living in Kansas City, MO offers independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near St Luke’s South/ Menorah with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Top Golf, Park Place Shopping Center, Worlds of fun/Oceans of fun, Kansas City Zoo, Union Station/Crown Center, National WWI Museum and Memorial, and The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

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