Support Groups

Parkinson’s Support Group

Meets in the O’Connor Hospital conference room the second Thursday of each month from 12:30p.m. to 1:30p.m. Contact Pat Cleary or Kathy Scribani for more information at (607) 746-0300.

Diabetic Support Group

Our community is invited to attend class held the third Monday of the month during the months of September, October, Novemeber, March, April and May from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the O’Connor Hospital Conference Room. As a leading healthcare provider in our community, this is one more way we can encourage good health as well as being a partner in your healthcare.

The O’Connor Hospital Diabetic Support Group goal is to make a difference in blood glucose control through food choices. Everyone needs to eat a variety of foods that contain the right amounts of carbohydrate, protein, fat, vitamins, minerals, fiber and water. Our focus is how to include these in your daily routine and still keep your blood glucose levels near to normal to reduce or prevent the complications of diabetes. This includes teaching what carbohydrates, protein and fat are, what the sources are, how to eat and when, how exchange lists can be a learning tool, how to read food labels, medication use, how exercise affects your blood sugar, and how to avoid long term complications from diabetes. It is important to know that diabetes can be controlled with constant monitoring, using medications properly, maintaining and managing weight and routine exercise and good diet choices. The support group provides an opportunity for those dealing with diabetes to exchange ideas that may make a difference in their daily activities and set goals on how to control their blood sugar levels.

Diabetes affects 7% of the population of the United States, or 20.8 million people, including children and adults. Of this group only 14.6 million have been diagnosed, the rest have the condition but are currently untreated. In addition to these numbers, there are an estimated 54 million people that are pre-diabetic. Diabetes is a contributing factor for heart disease, stroke, hypertension, kidney disease and other chronic conditions.

We encourage our patients to work with their team of healthcare providers to help them realistically set goals and outcomes. Controlling diabetes is an ongoing activity, and you will need to find a level of exercise, food intake and medication that work well for you. This needs to be done with both medical intervention and personal efforts.

 

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