American Diabetes Association to Host Health Events for Older Adult Population

October 10, 2012

The American Diabetes Association (Association) is pleased to announce a series of health events that will provide diabetes resources and education for older adults, age 65 years and older. As part of the Association’s Senior Signature Series, events will be held across the country during the months of October and November with the goal of expanding education and outreach efforts to seniors. The health events will provide a forum where they can learn about how to reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes and its complications.

In the U.S., there are nearly 26 million people living with diabetes and more seniors have diabetes than any other age group – 10.9 million, or 26.9 percent, of all people age 65 and older.

Upcoming events for people age 65 years and older to learn about diabetes include:


Date and Time



October 25, 2012

9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

United South End Settlements

Harriet Tubman House


November 2, 2012

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


November 5, 2012

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.


November 7, 2012

Noon – 1:30 p.m.


November 9, 2012

Noon – 1:30 p.m.


November 13, 2012

Noon – 1:30 p.m.


November 14, 2012

Noon – 1:30 p.m.


November 19, 2012

Noon – 1:30 p.m.


November 29, 2012

Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Riceville, Mt. Olive Church



St. Dominic Village



Kelsey Seybold, Main Campus



Kelsey Seybold, Sugarland



Kelsey Seybold, Augusta Drive



Kelsey Seybold, Ripley House



Kelsey Seybold, Harbarch Ripley



Independence Heights


December 1, 2012

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Fairbanks Hall, Indianapolis University School of Medicine

Los Angeles

October 11, 2012

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Teresa Lindsey Senior Center


October 26, 2012

9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

McDonald Senior Center

Washington, D.C.

October 24, 2012

10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Model Cities Senior Wellness Center

“Currently, one in four Americans over the age of 60 is living with diabetes and there is a great need for further education among older adults,” said Robin Nwankwo, MPH, RD, CDE, Chair, Adult Strategies Committee, American Diabetes Association. “Through our Senior Signature Series, the American Diabetes Association will provide the tips and resources needed to help seniors address the challenge of preventing type 2 diabetes and keeping diabetes treatment from impairing their lifestyle, or slowing them down.” 

Almost all older adults who develop diabetes have type 2 diabetes, and older adults with diabetes often have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, infections that heal slowly and are at risk for heart attack, stroke and kidney failure. Seniors with diabetes are also more likely to have memory problems and depression. Awareness and education is critical in helping seniors to lead healthier lives. 

The Senior Signature Series is supported by Miracle-Ear, a National Strategic Partner of the Association. For more information on the local events, please contact the local Association office.

About the American Diabetes Association

Nearly half of American adults have diabetes or prediabetes; more than 30 million adults and children have diabetes; and every 21 seconds, another individual is diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization whose mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The ADA drives discovery by funding research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, as well as to search for cures; raises voice to the urgency of the diabetes epidemic; and works to safeguard policies and programs that protect people with diabetes. In addition, the ADA supports people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes, and the health care professionals who serve them through information and programs that can improve health outcomes and quality of life. For more information, please call the ADA at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn)