For the first time, Oakwood Healthcare will be bringing its very first Diabetes-PATH workshop on Tuesday afternoons this fall to the Dearborn Senior Center, 15801 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn.
The 2015 workshops will also be held from 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays starting this Tuesday through Sept. 29 at Wayne Community Center (Suite 1 at 4635 Howe Road in Wayne), from 1:30-4 p.m. Thursdays from Sept. 24-Oct 29 at the Taylor Community Library (12303 Pardee Road in Taylor), and from 5:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays from Oct. 14-Nov. 11 at the Westfield Activity Center (2700 Westfield in Trenton). The six-week workshop Diabetes-PATH (Personal Action Toward Health) is designed to provide skills and tools to help people living with Type 2 diabetes, as well as their support system.
“The main thing is the PATH program provides group cohesiveness,” Oakwood Community Health Program Coordinator Caira Prince explained. “When you keep meeting with the same group of people to learn together, it creates a lot of synergy.”
Attending the 1:30-4 p.m. Diabetes PATH workshop sessions at the Dearborn Senior Center on Sept. 8, 15, 22, 29 and Oct. 6 and 13 will be free of charge, and Prince said people who register for the workshop can “just come in, and we bring out the booklets.” Since the sessions are two and a half hours long, she said that if a participant is one of many diabetes patients who have problems with maintaining blood sugar levels, “we’ll provide a good snack, so if you have that problem, you don’t have to worry about packing your own snack food.”
The Diabetes-PATH course will deal with participants making their own action plan to manage everyday activities, learning how to avoid complications, being taught to balance their own blood sugar (and made to understand the importance of monitoring this), and learning to manage their symptoms and decrease their stress.
A goal of the workshop is to improve participants’ overall health and increase their energy. The Diabetes-Path workshop is also designed to help participants improve their communications skills with their families and health-care providers.
“People with diabetes are alone lots of times,” Prince said. “Efforts will be made to get them additional home support in dealing with their condition, and tell them how to relay that information to their families in layman’s terms, so they get the additional support they need at home.”
Oakwood Healthcare will provide different incentives for participation in the workshop, she added, such as providing a certificate of completion at the end of the workshop. There will also be different materials provided by Oakwood Healthcare, like perhaps measuring cups and spoons.
For more information and to register for the workshops, visit the website oakwood.org/classes or call (800) 543-WELL(9355). The Dearborn Senior Center is located in The Ford Community and Performing Arts Center. Visitors can use free parking available off Greenfield Road at the east entrance to the Dearborn Senior Center, or additional available parking on the south side of The Ford Community and Performing Arts Center building.
The Ford Community and Performing Arts Center is located on the eastern edge of the city’s municipal complex (including the Dearborn Police Headquarters and 19th District Court, the Henry Ford Centennial Library, and athletic field and the Dearborn Administrative Center. It is on the south side of Michigan Avenue (U.S.-12), generally across from Ford World Headquarters and just east of Exit 6 off the Southfield Freeway (M-39).