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Senior Action offers a variety of health and wellness programs to meet the range of needs of our participants.  From the person who has just begun to learn and get active, to the person who is recovering from an illness, to the person who has lived actively and wants to continue their active lifestyle, we have something for everyone. 

Our programs are operated and supervised by trained personnel who can provide one-on-one advice and instruction.  Some exercise programs are taught by excellent volunteers.

We also offer health education programs regularly featuring local doctors and health professionals who provide expertise in how to understand and manage your personal health. Check out our quarterly newsletter, The Spark, or the fitness boards to find more information including dates and times of programs.  There is no time like now to start moving and change your life…

Impact Diabetes

Pelham Medical Center and Senior Action are collaborating to bring diabetes awareness and education to Senior Action members.

Diabetes is the seventh-leading cause of death in South Carolina. One of every five patients in a South Carolina hospital has diabetes, and one in every 10 emergency room visit is diabetes-related.

“Pelham Medical Center is pleased with the opportunity to partner with Senior Action as we make strides together to impact diabetes in the senior community,” said PMC community education and outreach coordinator, Toni Conner. “South Carolina ranks tenth in the nation with the percentage of population with diabetes. That incidence is even higher in the senior population where almost 26 percent of seniors 65 and older have diagnosed or undiagnosed diabetes. Our desire is to assist our seniors in making positive changes that will result in better control of this disease and prevent the development of the disease in those not yet affected.”

The partnership for Impact Diabetes includes a seven-week diabetes class, several interactive seminars, a diabetes support group, personal counseling and health education materials. Each class is led by a certified diabetes educator.

Diabetes is a serious disease and often leads to further complications such as blindness, kidney failure, heart attack, strokes and amputations. High blood pressure and abnormal cholesterol levels are frequent. Diabetes has a significant impact on public health and medical care. In 2011, diabetes affected 25.8 million people in the United States with an additional 7 million undiagnosed cases, according to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention.

“Senior Action works every day to ensure improved quality of life for seniors living in Greenville County. In a recent study, 60 percent of our members said they are living with diabetes-related health issues,” Senior Action’s Executive Director, Andrea Smith said. “We are so grateful that Pelham Medical Center is providing the resources needed to address this critical need for seniors.”

Senior Action members are invited to enroll in Impact Diabetes by completing an enrollment form at the front desk of the Orchard Park location.

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