Seniors tell diabetes ‘not me’

The Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance is supporting the YMCA of the USA in its efforts to make the YMCA’s diabetes prevention program available at no cost to Medicare parts A or B beneficiaries in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.

A diabetes screening events will take place 10 a.m. June 20 at the Emma B. Howe YMCA, 8950 Springbrook Dr. NW, Coon Rapids.

This project, made possible by funding received by YMCA of the USA from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Innovation Center, marks the first time this evidence-based program is being provided at no cost for qualifying seniors through Medicare.

The alliance was launched in 2010 through a partnership with United Health Group, YMCA of the USA and retail pharmacies. YMCA of the USA is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

About 16 percent of Minnesota adults 65 years and older have diabetes, which is nearly twice the prevalence rate among adults 45 to 65 years old, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

YMCA of the USA selected 17 communities across the country to offer the diabetes prevention program to Medicare parts A or B beneficiaries. The alliance and the YMCA are sponsoring “Seniors Tell Diabetes Not Me” week, June 17-22, and hosting diabetes prevention awareness events in these 17 communities, including Coon Rapids.

The alliance and YMCA staff will be on site to evaluate seniors’ risk of developing type 2 diabetes, educate them on the diabetes prevention program in their community, and enroll qualifying participants into the program.

For seniors to qualify for the diabetes prevention program at no additional cost, they must receive Medicare parts A or B, be overweight and have a prediabetes qualifying blood glucose test result.

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