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November 4, 2022

Hudson Grande Senior Living Diabetes Awareness in the Community

Category: Health & Wellness

Author: Cindi Kirchenbauer, 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 Hudson Grande 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 1 is when your pancreas does not function. This normally starts at an early age. Type 2 diabetes is when the body either does not produce enough insulin or it resists insulin. This normally happens over time because of lifestyle. Some early signs and symptoms of diabetes are weight loss, thirst, frequent urination, hunger, and fatigue. Comorbidities that could arise because of diabetes include hypertension and obesity.

Some lifestyle changes that can be made to decrease the risk of diabetes are exercise, eating healthy, staying hydrated, and checking your blood glucose numbers frequently. Poor diet, lack of physical activities, and poor self-monitoring of glucose levels are some obstacles for at-risk Americans.

We support our residents by offering healthy meals daily, scheduling exercise classes, and providing hydration stations. We have started our monthly Wellness Wednesdays which includes additional education to our residents.

It is important to know the signs and symptoms of diabetes. The Wellness Team of Hudson Grande 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.

PrairieStone Senior Living is a comprehensive community soon to be offering independent living plus, assisted living, and memory care, accompanied by an array of services and floor plan options. Our amenities include restaurant dining, outdoor and private dining, a 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, a salon and barber, transportation services, a patio and firepit, and more. Our community extends beyond our campus, providing residents with the opportunity to explore the local downtown area, featuring charming shops and restaurants. Nature enthusiasts can visit the picturesque George Wyth State Park for nature walks and birdwatching or enjoy the stunning scenery along the Cedar River. Cultural events and festivals, such as the Cedar Basin Jazz Festival and Sturgis Falls Celebration, offer even more opportunities for engagement. PrairieStone residents have convenient access to a wealth of adventures and activities, both within and outside the community.

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