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15 Free Diabetes Courses in November

Did you know that The Villages Health offers free classes every month? This month, we are offering 15 classes on diabetes. These classes include “Pre-Diabetes and Diabetes Prevention,” “Diabetes and Depression,” “Diabetic Foot Care” and more! All of our classes are free for the entire community. You don’t have to be a patient or resident to attend, so remember to register both you and a friend online today.

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Event Date Time Location
Eating Smart, Being Active program

Eating Smart, Being Active program

2 space(s) remaining

12/15/2020

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

ONLINE

Prediabetes and Diabetes

Prediabetes and Diabetes

1 space(s) remaining

12/17/2020

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Mulberry Grove Care Center


The Villages Health Offers Accredited Diabetes Education Program

Do you have diabetes? Are you looking for even more educational resources to help you manage your diabetes? The Villages Health offers a Diabetes Education Program that is accredited by the American Diabetes Association.

It is a comprehensive program for individuals with type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes. A certified diabetes educator will work with you and your primary care physician to develop an education and treatment plan that is personalized for you.

The program is provided in 10 hours over the first year of education. First you will receive a 1-hour individual needs assessment. Then you will receive 4 two-hour group classes:

  • Class 1: What You Need to Know About Diabetes
  • Class 2: Nutrition and Psycho-Social Impacts
  • Class 3: Exercise and Medication
  • Class 4: Complications and Healthy Behaviors

After your first year of education, you are eligible to participate in two additional hours of Diabetes Education each year thereafter. Classes are held at all of The Villages Health Care Center locations.

For more information or to sign-up, please call 352-674-1770.


How to Prevent or Manage Diabetes

Have you been diagnosed as pre-diabetic? You have the ability to prevent type 2 diabetes. During the month of November, we will share tips on how to prevent diabetes. We will also share resources to help you manage your diabetes if you have already been diagnosed.

Below you will find several resources to help you prevent or manage your diabetes.

The Villages Health Offers Accredited Diabetes Education Program

Do you have diabetes? Are you looking for even more educational resources to help you manage your diabetes? The Villages Health offers a Diabetes Education Program that is accredited by the American Diabetes Association.

It is a comprehensive program for individuals with type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes. A certified diabetes educator will work with you and your primary care physician to develop an education and treatment plan that is personalized for you.

The program is provided in 10 hours over the first year of education. First you will receive a 1-hour individual needs assessment. Then you will receive 4 two-hour group classes:

  • Class 1: What You Need to Know About Diabetes
  • Class 2: Nutrition and Psycho-Social Impacts
  • Class 3: Exercise and Medication
  • Class 4: Complications and Healthy Behaviors

After your first year of education, you are eligible to participate in two additional hours of Diabetes Education each year thereafter. Classes are held at all of The Villages Health Care Center locations.

For more information or to sign-up, please call 352-674-1770.

15 Free Diabetes Courses in November

Did you know that The Villages Health offers free classes every month? This month, we are offering 15 classes on diabetes. These classes include “Pre-Diabetes and Diabetes Prevention,” “Diabetes and Depression,” “Diabetic Foot Care” and more! All of our classes are free for the entire community. You don’t have to be a patient or resident to attend, so remember to register both you and a friend online today.

YOU’RE INVITED

Attend a Free Learning Course


Event Date Time Location
Eating Smart, Being Active program

Eating Smart, Being Active program

2 space(s) remaining

12/15/2020

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

ONLINE

Prediabetes and Diabetes

Prediabetes and Diabetes

1 space(s) remaining

12/17/2020

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Mulberry Grove Care Center

5 Ways to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

According to the CDC, “more than 100 million U.S. adults are now living with diabetes or pre-diabetes.” Diabetes occurs when your body cannot produce the correct amount of insulin in order to maintain a normal glucose level. There is not a cure for type 2 diabetes, but there are many ways to prevent and manage the condition.

  1. Maintain a Healthy Weight: Being overweight is one of the main risk factors for developing diabetes. Every pound you lose reduces your risk substantially.
  2. Make Healthy Food Choices: You want to practice healthy food habits, like eating 5 total servings of fruits and vegetables daily. You also want to eat plenty of fiber. Fiber improves blood sugar control. Whole grains also help maintain blood sugar levels.
  3. Drink Plenty of Water: According to the Mayo Clinic, adequate daily water intake for men is about 16 cups and for women is about 12 cups. Avoid sugar-sweetened beverages like soda and juice because they are linked to obesity and diabetes.
  4. Go Outside and Exercise: Physical activity helps you lose weight, lower your blood sugar and boosts your sensitively to insulin. Enjoy the beautiful outdoors and walk daily for 30 minutes.
  5. Get a Good Night’s Sleep: Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep every night. Poor quality of sleep and sleep deprivation can increase your risk for diabetes and obesity.

If you practice these tips, you are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes.


Is it a Cold or is it the Flu?

Is it a Cold or is it the Flu?

During the fall and winter season, you are more likely to get sick. The problem is that sometimes it is hard to know if you just have a cold or if it is more severe, like the flu. We want you to stay healthy this winter! Below are some of the key differences between the common cold and the influenza virus, according to the CDC.

Cold:

  1. Symptoms are gradual.
  2. Normally you do not have a fever.
  3. You typically will not have aches and chills.
  4. Rarely will you have fatigue and weakness.
  5. It is common to sneeze and have a stuffy nose.
  6. Sore throats are common.
  7. Coughs and chest discomfort are mild to moderate.
  8. Headaches are rare.

Flu:

  1. Symptoms are abrupt.
  2. Fevers are common.
  3. Aches and chills are fairly common.
  4. Fatigue and weakness is usual.
  5. Sometimes you will sneeze and have a stuffy nose, but not always.
  6. Sometimes you will have a sore throat, but not always.
  7. Cough and chest discomfort is common and more severe.
  8. Headaches are common.

If you want to learn more about the key differences between a cold and the flu, attend the Winter Woes: Cold vs. Flu class. Remember you do not have to be a patient or resident to attend. Bring your friends and please register below!

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We're sorry, there are currently no classes scheduled at The Learning Center. Please check back at a later date for upcoming classes in your area.


5 Ways to Prevent the Flu

5 Ways to Prevent the Flu

Although we cannot guarantee you won’t get the flu, we have put together 5 tips that might protect you from getting sick this flu season.

  1. Get the Flu Shot: Did you know you can get the flu shot at any of our care centers? Call your care center to schedule a quick visit.
  2. Keep Your Immune System Strong: Your immune system protects your body against infections. In order to keep it strong, make sure you are getting 7-9 hours of sleep every night. You also want to practice healthy food habits, like eating 5 total servings of fruits and vegetables. Additionally, make sure you are exercising for at least 20 minutes, 3-5 times per week.
  3. Use Good Health Habits: The flu is extremely contagious. Regularly wash your hands with soap and water. Also, disinfect surfaces you contact frequently in your home or at work.
  4. Stop Smoking: People who smoke tend to get viruses more often. The symptoms also tend to be more severe in smokers. Quitting smoking could be a useful preventative measure against the flu — not only for you, but also for anyone who lives with you.
  5. Take Antiviral Flu Drugs: Flu antiviral drugs are prescriptions that may reduce the length and severity of flu symptoms. They also may prevent you from getting the flu if you take them before getting sick. Talk to your doctor before starting any medication.

If you practice these tips, you are less likely to suffer from the flu this season. If you do happen to get the flu, we are here for you with same day appointments and a Saturday clinic. Contact your primary care physician first if you aren’t feeling well.


How to Stay Healthy This Flu Season

Are you looking for ways to avoid the flu this winter?

Flu season begins in October and we are sharing simple tips on how to stay healthy this flu season. We will also explain some key differences between the common cold and the influenza virus. Staying healthy is key to keeping you out of urgent care and the hospital so you can enjoy your active lifestyle.

Below you will find several resources to help you stay well this flu season.

5 Ways to Prevent the Flu

Although we cannot guarantee you won’t get the flu, we have put together 5 tips that might protect you from getting sick this flu season.

  1. Get the Flu Shot: Did you know you can get the flu shot at any of our care centers? Call your care center to schedule a quick visit.
  2. Keep Your Immune System Strong: Your immune system protects your body against infections. In order to keep it strong, make sure you are getting 7-9 hours of sleep every night. You also want to practice healthy food habits, like eating 5 total servings of fruits and vegetables. Additionally, make sure you are exercising for at least 20 minutes, 3-5 times per week.
  3. Use Good Health Habits: The flu is extremely contagious. Regularly wash your hands with soap and water. Also, disinfect surfaces you contact frequently in your home or at work.
  4. Stop Smoking: People who smoke tend to get viruses more often. The symptoms also tend to be more severe in smokers. Quitting smoking could be a useful preventative measure against the flu — not only for you, but also for anyone who lives with you.
  5. Take Antiviral Flu Drugs: Flu antiviral drugs are prescriptions that may reduce the length and severity of flu symptoms. They also may prevent you from getting the flu if you take them before getting sick. Talk to your doctor before starting any medication.

If you practice these tips, you are less likely to suffer from the flu this season. If you do happen to get the flu, we are here for you with same day appointments and a Saturday clinic. Contact your primary care physician first if you aren’t feeling well.

Is it a Cold or is it the Flu?

During the fall and winter season, you are more likely to get sick. The problem is that sometimes it is hard to know if you just have a cold or if it is more severe, like the flu. We want you to stay healthy this winter! Below are some of the key differences between the common cold and the influenza virus, according to the CDC.

Cold:

  1. Symptoms are gradual.
  2. Normally you do not have a fever.
  3. You typically will not have aches and chills.
  4. Rarely will you have fatigue and weakness.
  5. It is common to sneeze and have a stuffy nose.
  6. Sore throats are common.
  7. Coughs and chest discomfort are mild to moderate.
  8. Headaches are rare.

Flu:

  1. Symptoms are abrupt.
  2. Fevers are common.
  3. Aches and chills are fairly common.
  4. Fatigue and weakness is usual.
  5. Sometimes you will sneeze and have a stuffy nose, but not always.
  6. Sometimes you will have a sore throat, but not always.
  7. Cough and chest discomfort is common and more severe.
  8. Headaches are common.

If you want to learn more about the key differences between a cold and the flu, attend the Winter Woes: Cold vs. Flu class. Remember you do not have to be a patient or resident to attend. Bring your friends and please register below!

Register for a Free Class

Winter Woes: Cold vs. Flu

Brownwood Care Center
Wednesday, October 3 at 1:00 PM

Santa Barbara Care Center
Thursday, October 25 at 2:30 PM

Mulberry Grove Care Center
Wednesday, October 31 at 1:00 PM


Exercises & Activities to Increase Your Balance

Are you looking for ways to maintain or increase your balance? Strength and balance exercises play an important role in reducing your risk of falling. Below are some gentle exercises and activities you can do to improve strength, balance, flexibility and coordination.

Exercises

1. Walking is a low-impact exercise and has many health benefits. It is recommended to walk 30 minutes a day, three times per week. Use a walker or cane if needed.

2. Yoga is a gentle exercise that uses specific body movements to strengthen your muscles, while increasing balance and stability.

3. Tai Chi originates from China. It is similar to yoga and involves slow, meditative movements.

4. Water aerobics is a type of resistance exercise that generally takes place in waist-deep water in a swimming pool.

Activities

1. Stand on One Foot

  • Grab a sturdy object you can grip for balance.
  • Stand on one foot.
  • Hold for 10 seconds.
  • Repeat 10 times.
  • Repeat 10 times with the other leg.

2. Walk Heel to Toe

  • Put your right foot in front of your left foot. The heel of your right foot should be touching the toes of your left foot.
  • Then place your left foot in front of your right, putting your weight on your heel.
  • After, shift your weight to your toes.
  • Walk this way for 20 steps.

3. Back Leg Raises

  • Grab a sturdy object you can grip for balance, like a chair.
  • Slowly lift your right leg straight back. Do not bend your knees or point your toes.
  • Stay in that position for one second, and then bring your leg back down.
  • Repeat this 10-15 times per leg.

4. Side Leg Raises

  • Stand behind a chair with your feet slightly apart.
  • Slowly lift your right leg to the side.
  • Keep toe facing forward and your back straight.
  • Stay in that position for one second, and then lower your right leg down slowly.
  • Repeat this exercise ten to 15 times per leg.

“Walk daily. Involve yourself in exercises such as water aerobics, yoga, and balance exercises. This will help keep you young, strong and fit for life.” Dianne Doane-Bustetter, ARNP-BC, CWCN at Belleview Care Center


Free Fall Prevention Classes in September

Do you find yourself losing your balance often? You are not alone! According to the CDC, one in three adults fall every year. We don’t want you to get hurt and become a fall victim. Join us to learn important information on how to reduce your risk of falling. Register below!

Fall Prevention

Belleview Care Center
Tuesday, September 18 at 1:00 PM

Creekside Care Center
Friday, September 21 at 9:00 AM

Colony Care Center
Tuesday, September 25 at 1:00 PM

Remember classes are free to the entire community. You do not have to be a patient or resident to attend, so bring your friends! To view all of our learning center classes, please visit www.tvhealth.wpengine.com/learning-center.


Don’t Fall! How to Avoid Fall-Related Injuries in Your Home

Most falls are preventable by taking a few extra steps in your home. There are simple actions you can take that will reduce your risk of tripping. Below you will find tips to avoid injury in your home.

  1. Use a cane or walker when walking through your house.
  2. Remove coffee tables, boxes and cords from hallways or areas you frequently walk through.
  3. Ensure the lights are on before using the stairs.
  4. Secure loose carpeting or scattered rugs with slip-resistant backing.
  5. Clean up spilled liquid or food from the floor without delay.
  6. Keep night lights on when navigating to the bathroom during the night.
  7. Place a bath seat or non-slip mats in your bathtub.
  8. Put devices in your home to assist you, such as hand rails on stairways, a raised toilet seat with armrests and grab bars for the shower.

Dr. Laura Cloukey, Medical Director at Pinellas Care Center shares her tips on how you can reduce your fall risk:

“Be aware of your environment. Put pride aside and use a walker or cane for gait stability. Falls occur commonly when people who are descending stairs have their minds on where they are going instead of where they currently are. Remember pets can easily get under your feet, be aware of their presence. Stay current on your eye care with vision correction efforts. Lastly, ask for assistance when needed. We all need a little help some of the time.” Dr. Laura Cloukey, Medical Director at Pinellas Care Center

 

If you do fall, we are here for you. Talk with your primary care physician first. If necessary, they will coordinate your care with one of our orthopaedic specialists.

To learn more about how you can prevent falls, join us for one of our free fall prevention classes. Register online at www.tvhealth.wpengine.com/learing-center.


Fall Prevention Tips

Are you worried about falling? Each year, millions of people over the age of 65 fall. According to the CDC, “Over 800,000 patients a year in the United States are hospitalized because of a fall injury, most often because of a head injury or hip fracture.”

September is National Fall Prevention month and we are sharing simple tips on how to decrease your risk of falling. Staying on your feet is key to keeping you out of the hospital so you can stay healthy and live out your dreams.

Below you will find several resources to help you prevent falls.

dON’T FALL! HOW TO AVOID FALL-RELATED INJURies IN YOUR HOME

Most falls are preventable by taking a few extra steps in your home. There are simple actions you can take that will reduce your risk of tripping. Below you will find tips to avoid injury in your home.

  1. Use a cane or walker when walking through your house.
  2. Remove coffee tables, boxes and cords from hallways or areas you frequently walk through.
  3. Ensure the lights are on before using the stairs.
  4. Secure loose carpeting or scattered rugs with slip-resistant backing.
  5. Clean up spilled liquid or food from the floor without delay.
  6. Keep night lights on when navigating to the bathroom during the night.
  7. Place a bath seat or non-slip mats in your bathtub.
  8. Put devices in your home to assist you, such as hand rails on stairways, a raised toilet seat with armrests and grab bars for the shower.

Dr. Laura Cloukey, Medical Director at Pinellas Care Center shares her tips on how you can reduce your fall risk:

“Be aware of your environment. Put pride aside and use a walker or cane for gait stability. Falls occur commonly when people who are descending stairs have their minds on where they are going instead of where they currently are. Remember pets can easily get under your feet, be aware of their presence. Stay current on your eye care with vision correction efforts. Lastly, ask for assistance when needed. We all need a little help some of the time.” Dr. Laura Cloukey, Medical Director at Pinellas Care Center

 

If you do fall, we are here for you. Talk with your primary care physician first. If necessary, they will coordinate your care with one of our orthopaedic specialists.

To learn more about how you can prevent falls, join us for one of our free fall prevention classes listed below.

rEGISTER FOR A FREE FALL PREVENTION CLASS

Do you find yourself losing your balance often? You are not alone! According to the CDC, one in three adults fall every year. We don’t want you to get hurt and become a fall victim. Join us to learn important information on how to reduce your risk of falling. Classes are free to the entire community. You do not have to be a patient or resident to attend, so bring your friends. Register below!

Fall Prevention

Belleview Care Center
Tuesday, September 4 at 10:00 AM

Santa Barbara Care Center
Friday, September 7 at 9:00 AM

Brownwood Care Center
Wednesday, September 12 at 1:00 PM

Belleview Care Center
Tuesday, September 18 at 1:00 PM

Creekside Care Center
Friday, September 21 at 9:00 AM

Colony Care Center
Tuesday, September 25 at 1:00 PM

How to improve your balance

Are you looking for ways to maintain or increase your balance? Strength and balance exercises play an important role in reducing your risk of falling. Below are some gentle exercises and activities you can do to improve strength, balance, flexibility and coordination.

Exercises

1. Walking

  • Walking is a low-impact exercise and has many health benefits. It is recommended to walk 30 minutes a day, three times per week. Use a walker or cane if needed.

2. Yoga

  • Yoga is a gentle exercise that uses specific body movements to strengthen your muscles, while increasing balance and stability.

3. Tai Chi

  • Tai Chi originates from China. It is similar to yoga and involves slow, meditative movements.

4. Water Aerobics

  • Water aerobics is a type of resistance exercise that generally takes place in waist-deep water in a swimming pool.

Activities

1. Stand on One Foot

  • Grab a sturdy object you can grip for balance.
  • Stand on one foot.
  • Hold for 10 seconds.
  • Repeat 10 times.
  • Repeat 10 times with the other leg.

2. Walk Heel to Toe

  • Put your right foot in front of your left foot. The heel of your right foot should be touching the toes of your left foot.
  • Then place your left foot in front of your right, putting your weight on your heel.
  • After, shift your weight to your toes.
  • Walk this way for 20 steps.

3. Back Leg Raises

  • Grab a sturdy object you can grip for balance, like a chair.
  • Slowly lift your right leg straight back. Do not bend your knees or point your toes.
  • Stay in that position for one second, and then bring your leg back down.
  • Repeat this 10-15 times per leg.

4. Side Leg Raises

  • Stand behind a chair with your feet slightly apart.
  • Slowly lift your right leg to the side.
  • Keep toe facing forward and your back straight.
  • Stay in that position for one second, and then lower your right leg down slowly.
  • Repeat this exercise ten to 15 times per leg.

“Walk daily. Involve yourself in exercises such as water aerobics, yoga, and balance exercises. This will help keep you young, strong and fit for life.” Dianne Doane-Bustetter, ARNP-BC, CWCN at Belleview Care Center


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One of the beautiful things about this whole system is the fact that you never have to tell anyone anything, they have your medical history in front of them. You just go to the front desk and say who you are, and you sign in and that’s it! The coordination of your health history is always right in front of whoever you are with and that’s wonderful.

Diane Kupchak, Patient at Creekside Care Center & Specialty Care Center