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Family Matters: Families Helping Each Other Manage Diabetes

EDC Logo Picture 8Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) workshops present many tools available to help reduce glucose levels and halt the progression of possible complications or perhaps prevent complications from developing. Family members are encouraged to attend EDC classes together. 
EDC, which is a national initiative of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), provides free diabetes self-management classes to people with Medicare, their family members and caregivers.
EDC classes usually take place once a week for six weeks, for about two hours each time. Participants learn about healthy eating, action planning, problem solving, self-monitoring, positive thinking, dealing with stress, foot care, medications, exercise and more.
Family members are encouraged to attend EDC classes together. Family members that graduate the EDC program can help each other manage diabetes by implementing some of health behaviors discussed in the workshops.  For example, a daughter may help with the grocery shopping and meal planning for her mother. After attending, the daughter may have a better idea of what should be included in a healthy diabetes plate.  Also, the daughter might better understand the need for home glucose monitoring after the workshop and as a result ensure that the mother has an adequate supply of glucose monitoring materials. 
In a recent workshop in a rural community in Gilmer County, a mother and daughter registered to attend together.  The daughter was in her late 60s and the mother was 100 years old (never too old to learn).  They stated their goal was to help other family members that have diabetes.  
At a workshop in Raleigh County, a brother and sister attended the EDC workshop together.  The sister reported after the workshop, that they are gradually changing the menu at family gatherings, and that everyone in the family is starting to eat a healthier diet. 
A community health worker recently conducted a workshop in a rural area of Kanawha County.  Four members of the same family were in attendance (three siblings and their mother).  This family stated that their father was ill due to complications of diabetes.  These attendees said they became interested in the EDC workshop because they wanted to learn how to prevent possible diabetes complications through better self-management of the disease. 
Family members can serve as a support system for the individual with diabetes.  In the Everyone with Diabetes Counts program, family involvement is encouraged.  When it comes to diabetes self-management, family matters.
Quality Insights coordinates the EDC program in West Virginia. EDC uses the Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP) curriculum developed at the Midwest Latino Health Research, Training and Policy Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago. DEEP helps individuals better understand diabetes and its management.
To learn more about the Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program, please contact Susie Sims at (304) 346-9864, ext. 3221 or email ssims@qualityinsights.org. To view a list of upcoming classes, visit us online at www.qualityinsights-qin.org/diabetes.