Welcome to the 
November issue of the
We Care

Eat Well, America!
and Stop Diabetes!
Join the American Diabetes Association
to put good food and good health on the table during American Diabetes Month this November. Whether you are one of the nearly 30 million Americans living with diabetes or the 86 million Americans with prediabetes, or you simply want to live a healthier lifestyle, the Eat Well, America!sm campaign will show you how easy and joyful healthy eating can be for everyone in Kansas City.
Each week during November, the Association will share nutritious recipes selected by noted chefs and cookbook authors for every meal of the day, including snacks and special occasion treats. Not only that, but the Association will teach Americans how to choose, prepare, serve and eat healthy food that is both delicious and nutritious. From tip sheets to shopping lists, we'll help make healthy eating a fun and easy part of daily life.
Looking to prepare a healthy Thanksgiving Day meal? The Association will include seasonal recipes and tips to ensure you don't miss out on the autumn and holiday flavors you love.
Additionally, the Association will spotlight what healthy, simple and enjoyable meals look like on National Healthy Lunch Day, Nov. 17. On this day, the Association will show Americans how to "Lunch Right with Every Bite" and make better food choices to counter expanding waistlines, whether you are packing a lunch at home or purchasing lunch on the go. We encourage you to share photos of your healthy midday plates on social media using the hashtag #MyHealthyLunch to contribute to the conversation-and inspire your friends and families to make healthy lunch choices that best fit their own lifestyles.
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Diabetes Facts:
  • Diabetes affects nearly 10% of the population.
  • 86 Million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
  • Estimates project that 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes by 2050 unless we take steps to stop diabetes.
  • Every 19 seconds someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with diabetes.
  • The rate of amputation for people with diabetes is 10 times higher than for people without diabetes.

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This Month's Tip

Long-Distance Caregiving

Approximately 7 million adults are long-distance caregivers. Many of them are caring for aging parents who live over an hour away. The tasks of long-distance caregivers take many forms, from helping manage finances, arranging for in-home care or providing short breaks for the primary caregiver.

Tips for caregiving from a distance include:
  • Make the most of your visits by scheduling doctor's appointments or prescription pick ups while you are there.
  • Learning about local resources by contacting the local library or 2-1-1.
  • Inquire about services such as meals on wheels.
  • Seek help from neighbors, friends and the doctor.
  • Review or make arrangements for advanced directives. Know where these papers are located.
  • Write a list of prescriptions, doses and the schedule for taking them.
  • Look for possible hazards such as poor lighting, clutter or lose rugs) and check to see if safety devices such as grab bars or a bath bench would be helpful.
  • Look for changes in physical or cognitive function of your loved one. 
  • Set up a wellness check calling schedule, especially if the care receiver lives alone.
  • If possible bring your loved one to your home to give a break to the regular caregiver. 

Thanksgiving Dinner for Type 2 Diabetics

Thanksgiving is a holiday that's all about eating and being with family. All of the food that's available can make it challenging to make healthy choices to keep diabetes under control. 

With type 2 Diabetes, the body doesn't use insulin properly. This is known as insulin resistance diabetes where the pancreas makes extra insulin to make up for it. This type of diabetes is more common in African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and Asian American/Pacific Islanders, as well as the aging population.

Over time the pancreas isn't able to keep up and can't make enough insulin to keep blood sugar levels normal.When blood sugar builds up in the body, cells are starved for energy and over time it damages the eyes, kidneys, heart, and nerves. 

Healthy eating, exercising and prescription medications can help. 

Fill half of your plate with non-starchy vegetables such as green beans, carrots, broccoli, salad, brussel sprouts or asparagus. Avoid casseroles and foods that are high in butter, sauce or crusts.

Fill 1/4 of our plate with starches such as sweet potatoes, stuffing, corn pudding, or mashed potatoes. Skip bread and rolls.

Fill 1/4 of your plate with lean turkey, avoid the dark meat and drumsticks. Instead of gravy enjoy a a fruit-based relish for a special flavor. 

Mark Your Calendar for Upcoming Events 

Find out about Veteran's benefits and stay for a pinning ceremony honoring veterans, which will be performed in partnership with the "We Honor Veterans Program" and the Veteran's Administration.
Wednesday, November 4, 12 Noon - 1 PM
Landon Center on Aging, 3599 Rainbow Blvd, Kansas City, KS
To register or for more information call 913.588.3094

Pneumonia and Flu Immunization Clinic. Shots will be covered by insurance, with an appointment only. Must be 65 or older.
Thursday, November 5, 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Landon Center on Aging, 3599 Rainbow Blvd, Kansas City, KS
To register or for more information call 913.588.1746

Learn strategies to have a productive and caring conversation with an older adult about medical limitations that impair driving safety. Michael Flanagan and Alan Shirling of AARP Kansas will share techniques to have these discussions.
Wednesday, November 11, 6 to 7:30 PM
Berger Estate & Elder Law, P.A. 11233 Nall Suite 140, Leawood, KS 66211

For some individuals a reverse mortgage is attractive, because it provides access to home equity to pay for living expenses or home repairs, while retaining the borrower's right to live in their home. However, reverse mortgages are complex financial products, with significant impacts on the long term financial well-being of borrowers. Learn about the costs of benefits of utilizing a reverse mortgage and develop a strategy to consider this financial product to make an informed borrowing decision. This program is presented by K-State Research and Extension Agent Valeria Edwards. 
Friday, November 13, 10 - 11:30 AM
Corinth Library 8100 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS 

This session is designed for all professionals who are responsible for compassionate oral care of people with dementia. This includes dentists, dental hygienist, nurses, social workers and others committed to ensuring that all people maintain good oral health. It meets the continuing education requirements for dental hygienists with Extended Care Permit II permits. Early bird special registration is $45.
Saturday, November 14, 9 - Noon
Kansas State Univeristy, Olathe Campus, 22201 W Innovation Drive, Olathe, KS
or call 785-235-6039

Learn to get through the holidays with joy, peace and love by doing what you love to do-connecting with people, eating what is worth eating and keeping your health in check before, during and after the fun. Jennifer Ozick, RD is the presenter
Monday, November 16, 5:30 - 7 PM
Medical Plaza North, 2750 Clay Edwards Drive, Suite 210, North Kansas City, MO
To register or for more information call 913-574-0900

This program will educate caregivers, both personal and professional, on Alzheimer's disease. Discuss the diagnosing process, risk factors, warning signs, stages, symptoms, behavioral changes and communication challenges for persons with Alzheimer's Disease.
Wednesday, November 18, 12 Noon - 1 PM
Landon Center on Aging, 3599 Rainbow Blvd, Kansas City, KS
To register or for more information call 913.588.3094