New Gerber Memorial diabetes support group begins on Oct. 2
FREMONT – People living with diabetes, their caregivers and family members will soon have a place to share stories of hope and inspiration, and share tips and best practices, at a free diabetes support group that begins Oct. 2. The support group will be held the first Wednesday of every month at Tamarac.
All sessions will be at Tamarac, 1401 West Main, Fremont, and led by Geri Merkey, RN. The group meets from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
“Our support group is all about letting people living with diabetes know that they aren’t alone,” Merkey said. “People with diabetes who learn more about the illness and combine it with group support do better than those who don’t manage the disease. The goal of our support group is to motivate and inspire people, by sharing helpful tips, lessons, information and hope. By being part of a group, we can draw strength from others who’ve been in the same shoes and walked a similar journey. I highly encourage everyone who’s faced diabetes to join our group and share stories of hope.”
Nearly one in 10 American adults and children have diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association, with a quarter of all Americans 65 and older suffering from the disease. People with diabetes are expected to have medical financial burdens 2.5 times greater than people without diabetes. Newaygo County’s current and most recent previous community health needs assessments identified diabetes as the region’s number one health concern. The ADA identifies diabetes as the nation’s seventh-leading cause of death.
Gerber Memorial’s diabetes support group is free and open to the public. For more information: 231.924.3073