November is American Diabetes Month. The Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate at Shore Health System is a valuable resource for individuals diagnosed with diabetes. The center, which is located at The Memorial Hospital at Easton, offers educational programs and support groups led by certified diabetes educators.
The Shore Health System Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate is part of the University of Maryland Medical System Joslin Affiliate Program and is the only diabetes specialty clinic on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate offers a multidisciplinary program, which includes the services of endocrinologists and certified diabetes educators.
“Education is our primary focus when working with people who have been diagnosed with diabetes,” says Nancy Barger, RN, CDE, manager of the Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate at Shore Health System. “We are here to offer advice on how to prevent the early symptoms of diabetes from developing into a more serious medical condition.”
An Insulin Pump Support Group meets every other month in the Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate classroom at Memorial Hospital. This is a free resource for adults and parents of children who use insulin pumps.
The Diabetes Support Group meets on the third Wednesday of the month. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 18, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The free session is open to individuals with diabetes and the friends and family members who support them.
The Joslin Diabetes Center offers diabetes education workshops on a variety of topics. Participants learn about medication and nutritional management; blood glucose monitoring; acute and long term complications of the disease; and the emotional aspects of diabetes. Participants will also learn about other community resources that are available. Anyone interested in participating in a diabetes education session must have a referral from a physician and make an appointment for an educational assessment with a Joslin certified diabetes educator prior to the start of the program.
All support group meetings and educational sessions are held at the Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate at Shore Health System at Memorial Hospital, 219 S. Washington Street in Easton. For more information, call 410-822-1000 or 410-228-5511, ext. 5757.