WATERBURY – The Western Connecticut Area Agency for Aging is offering an in-home version of the popular Live Well with Diabetes workshop for adults with diabetes or pre-diabetes from the comfort of their homes, without the need to go beyond the phone .

The program helps them learn new skills to manage their diabetes. A trained Live Well leader will conduct the hour-long group phone calls once a week for six weeks to enhance the experience and reduce social isolation during this time. Participants learn about healthy eating, high and low blood sugar, activities, guidelines for sick days, tips on managing stress, foot care, weekly action plans, and setting small and achievable goals. A toolkit consisting of the book “A healthy life with chronic diseases”, an instruction manual and an exercise CD will be sent to the participants free of charge.

The class size is limited to six participants and pre-registration is required. Participants must be willing to provide their name, address and phone number so that the toolkit can be sent directly to them and the leader can make the weekly group call. A new group starts on Wednesday evening from 6pm to 7pm from February 3rd. To sign up, call Dana Evora or send an email to 203-575-4325 or [email protected].

Live Well is sponsored by the Western Connecticut Area Agency for Aging, the State Unit for Aging, and the Connecticut Department of Public Health through grants from the Administration for Aging and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A scholarship from the Connecticut Community Foundation also provides generous support. Live Well with Diabetes is an evidence-based self-management program developed at Stanford University.