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November 4, 2022

Vitalia Active Adult Community – Rockside Spreads Diabetes Awareness in the Community

Category: Health & Wellness

Author: Jen Glaser, Director of Wellness

It was November 1975 when the American Diabetes Association (ADA) first declared November National Diabetes Awareness Month. While diabetes is a common condition among Americans, there are still many Americans that are unaware of what diabetes is, who is at risk, and what chronic conditions can result from the disease. For example, most Americans with diabetes have Type 2, which is highly preventable with diet, exercise, education, and understanding of the disease. As Director of Wellness at Vitalia Active Adult Community – Rockside, it is up to me to spread awareness and provide education for diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes usually starts when you are younger due to genetics, while Type 2 usually starts when you are an adult because of poor lifestyle habits. Some early signs and symptoms of diabetes include blurred vision, increased urination and hunger, and increased tiredness. Diabetes has many comorbidities including poor diet, obesity, and hypertension.

Some lifestyle changes that could decrease the risk of diabetes would be eating healthier foods, less sweets, and increasing physical activity. There are several obstacles for at-risk Americans.

Healthy food is becoming more and more expensive and advertisements for alcohol and fast foods are on every television channel.

I support my residents with diabetes by supporting healthy eating choices and encourage exercise by making it a fun activity.

It is important to know the signs and symptoms of diabetes. The Wellness Team of Vitalia Active Adult Community – Rockside is highly trained to recognize, educate, and help with the prevention of diabetes. We are also skilled with assisting residents currently afflicted with the disease.

VITALIA® Rockside in Seven Hills, OH offers independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near Cleveland Clinic Mary Mount with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Top Gol Cleveland, Cleveland Metro Parks, Spiva Center for the Arts, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland Zoo, and A Christmas Story House.

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