Health program to focus on diabetes

Kent Memorial Library will offer a program, “Diabetes: Our Journey to Our Health,” Oct. 28 at 2:30 p.m.

The program is part of the library’s “Timely Topics in Healthcare” series presented by Prism Health Advocates of Kent, founded by Deborah M Bain, RN BSN.

Prism Health Advocates is a consulting firm specializing in helping patients and families navigate the healthcare system.

Anne Bernardin of Simple Organizing Solutions of Bondsville, Mass., will lead the program at the Main Street library.

Bernardin didn’t retire from an active, productive lifestyle after a diagnosis of Type I Diabetes. Instead, she added research to her busy schedule, and learned about management tools which would allow her to continue her lifestyle.

“I believe if diabetics learn how to manage their disease, the diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of a vibrant lifestyle,” Bernardin said.

Since 2009, Bernardin has been consulting, presenting workshops and speaking to audiences who want the tools gained from her comprehensive research provides.

“I really want to share what I have learned,” Bernardin said “I have seen dramatic changes in attitude and health once people realize they really can manage the disease through doctor-recommended diet and exercise, controlling blood sugar, learning more about the glycemic index and carbohydrates, as well as getting tips for general good health. All of these tools help to reduce stress, which is also very important.”

The fourth and final topic in the series, “Medicare Fraud and Abuse and Scams,” presented by Amanda Halle of Western Connecticut Area on Aging and a CHOICES counselor assisting individuals to navigate the Medicare maze, will be offered Dec. 3 at 2:30 p.m.

For more information and RSVP, call 860-927-3761.