Preface: If diabetes has touched your life, you know how serious the implications are. It’s personal for me. I want you to know if you’ve been diagnosed, you should take it seriously and learn all there is to help you manage your disease. Because what you do now will go a long way towards making a better life later. If you could avoid kidney failure, blindness, painful extremities, amputation, etc., – would you do it? I hope you take the time to learn about it now to hopefully avoid the pain and suffering that awaits. Because if you don’t take care of yourself, it’s not a matter of if, but when.
Barbara Samples, Editor
Enter Class Instructor Jim Parch:
“I was born and raised in Cleveland; went to the University of Dayton and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. After graduation in 1963 I went to work for Motorola in Phoenix and Mesa fabricating semiconductors. I married my wife Kay in 1964 and we have three children that live in Arizona, California and Missouri with my four grandchildren. I then worked for Digital Equipment and finally Motorola’s Government Electronics Division until I left in 1998 after 30 years.
While there, I completed six years of night school to finish the requirements for entrance to the nursing program at Scottsdale Community College in September 1998. I graduated in May 2000 with an AAS degree and am a licensed RN in Arizona and 24 other states. I have been a registered nurse working telemetry at Banner Desert, Scottsdale Osborn, Arizona Heart Hospital, and Summit in Show Low. I currently volunteer as an RN at Circle the City clinic in Phoenix, a medical respite center for the homeless.
While receiving a flu shot at the Overgaard’s Summit clinic Terry Soubie RN, with whom I had worked, said, “Diabetes education is needed here and you are the one to do it.” That led to my joining the American Association of Diabetes Educators and for the last four years developing and presenting multiple diabetes workshops and presentations for Overgaard, Fountain Hills and the Phoenix area.
Diabetes affects some 26 million, with another 86 million with pre-diabetes, in the United States. It currently is a world-wide health epidemic with associated obesity, blindness, amputations, kidney failure, cardiovascular disease and premature death.
Education in action can prevent all of these.
If you have pre-diabetes or diabetes and want to avoid the possibility of complications in the future, the Rim Country Senior Center is offering to the residents of Heber-Overgaard and surrounding area their free annual diabetes management weekly workshop.
Diabetes can be tough to manage. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes or pre-diabetes, this workshop gives you an opportunity to help understand how to control diabetes and prevent long term complications. You will have an opportunity to get your questions answered as well as be updated on current ways to manage your diabetes or pre-diabetes successfully.
Each class will focus on one of the seven key areas of diabetes management and provide suggestions and tools you can use to achieve better control and improve your quality of life. This is the important information your doctor would give you if only they had the time.
This class will not automatically make your diabetes better. What you learn and what you do will make your diabetes control better. Whether you are newly diagnosed or have had diabetes for many years, this class can help. Start Now!
Seven classes over eight Tuesdays starting on May 16th at 9:30 to 10:45.
Location : Rim Country Community Center
You may bring a support person
Each class is different so if you miss a week, just come the following week.
No pre-registration required, but please call to reserve space. This is the same class taught at various locations all over the country and is designed in accordance with America Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) guidelines.
The classes will be taught by Jim Parch, R.N. with 17 years experience as a nurse and a currently active member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators. (AADE)