West Cook YMCA


A FREE 6-week program developed by Stanford University for older adults 60 and over who are looking to understand more about how to better manage their diabetes, and be proactive in educating themselves on the topic. Sessions are led by 2 trained facilitators with personal or professional experience on ongoing health conditions and participants meet once a week for 2.5 hours.

Program Launches September 11th 

YMCA MEMBERSHIP NOT REQUIRED! If you're interested, contact Sierra Waller, Chronic Disease Program Coordinator, at 708.434.0208 or swaller@westcookymca.org

  • 60 years or older
  • Diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, Pre-Diabetes, or a caretaker with someone who is diagnosed
  • Healthy eating: how to start or improve healthy eating habits and create healthy meals.
  • Physical activity: how to identify what exercises are best for you based on your unique needs and lifestyle.
  • Communication skills: how to develop a better communication with your doctor, family and friends.
  • Fatigue and frustration: how to be aware of the signs and the steps you need to take to sleep better, get more energy, change negative thoughts for positive and create a new life for yourself.
  • Action plan: how to set weekly goals to make you feel not only physically better but also emotionally.
  • Relaxation body scan: learn how to use your mind to calm yourself and release muscular tension.
  • Making decisions: learn how to make better decisions whether it be to start a new medicine or work on a project you have been thinking of.

PLUS, you will get the added benefit of support and encouragement for your workshop facilitators and fellow workshop participants in achieving your goals, and make lots of new friends along the way.

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