Diabetes Self-Management Program

How a Diabetes Workshop Changed a Life

Simply put – it works.

 

 

That’s what Loretta Fleming says about a workshop for people with Type 2 Diabetes that has changed her life.

Five years ago, Loretta, who has Type 2 Diabetes, weighed 378 pounds and had an A1C level of 12.4% (the normal level is 5.7% or below).

She learned about a free program offered by Health People, located in the south Bronx, that helps community members learn more about their Diabetes and manage the physical and psychological effects of the disease.

The program is called the Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP), a curriculum developed by the Stanford Patient Education Research Center. Loretta enrolled in the seven-week course that was led by two “Peer Leaders,” local residents who also live with Type 2 Diabetes and have been trained and certified to be instructors for the DSMP.

“The Diabetes mortality rate in the Bronx is 50% higher than the state’s rate,” said Chris Norwood, Executive Director, Health People. “Community-based programs like this help people stay healthy and prevent the need for hospital care.”

Once a week, Loretta and about a dozen other people met to learn, share experiences and make weekly action plans such as eating better, measuring their glucose levels, staying active, advocating for themselves and handling the emotions that might drive bad health choices.

Four months after starting the program, Loretta lost 28 pounds and her A1C level went down to 7.8%. She was so excited with her progress that she enrolled her mother who participated in the workshop and lost 42 pounds. “

Think about it – your doctor can’t spend two-and-a-half hours every week talking to you about your lifestyle, your feelings, whether you read labels on food,” says Loretta. “The program supplies manuals that we read together, nutritious snacks and an atmosphere to learn, really talk and share what’s going on in your life. The group experience makes a big difference.”

Today, Loretta has lost over 130 pounds and has become a certified as a DSMP Peer Leader. She’s led five DSMP workshops and has personally recruited more than 60 people to take the course.

“Many people have come back and told me the program has changed their lives,” she says. “They are surprised, but I’m not because it changed mine. I told them when they walked in the door – the program works.”

To learn more about DSMP workshops, contact Chris Norwood at ChrisNorwood@healthpeople.org.

Published April 12, 2017

At Harmony Social Adult Day Care, we believe everyone’s health is important, which is why we have all of our Certified Home Health Aides, Personal Care Aides, and staff trained efficiently, so that you or your loved ones are getting the right health professionals providing safe care at our facility. If you or someone you know is having difficulty with activities of daily living due to Health Issues, please feel free to reach out to us for a free consultation at 718-585-5440. Or you can visit our website at www.harmonyadultdaycare.com

Harmony@154 Mission

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Our MISSION is to Harmony strives to enhance the quality of life, well-being and independence of individuals through socialization and therapeutic activities in a supportive group environment. We are bringing the communities together to improve the quality of life for older adults; by reducing social isolation, and increasing social and community engagement by providing vital assistance to the older person with cognitive and/or physical impairment.

“With an eye made quiet by the power of harmony, and the deep power of joy, we see into the life of things.”~William Wordsworth~

Nothing is more fulfilling than putting a smile on someone face first thing in the morning and receiving one in return. Sharing laughs and views on current events without judging who’s right or wrong. Always providing an ear to listen too, a hand to help and joy to share is what always motivates us to keep improving ourselves.

At Harmony Social Adult Day Care, we believe everyone’s health is important, which is why we have all of our Certified Home Health Aides, Personal Care Aides, and staff trained efficiently, so that you or your loved ones are getting the right health professionals providing safe care at our facility. If you or someone you know is having difficulty with activities of daily living due to Health Issues, please feel free to reach out to us for a free consultation at 718-585-5440. Or you can visit our website at www.harmonyadultdaycare.com

Stay Active, Healthy and Socialize

Physical activity is vital at any age, but as you grow older, changes set in that make exercise even more crucial. Conditions that typically develop with aging can be delayed when you stay active. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that physical activity can even extend life expectancy. Although you should consult your doctor before starting any type of exercise regiment; there are things that you can do daily to keep yourself active mentally and physically. Here are a few

  1. Enjoy your retirement
  2. a) Start planning when you are still working. Think of activities, which you enjoy but had no time to do. For example, plan on how to rehabilitate your neglected garden.
    b) Take up hobbies, which are less strenuous like reading and which may have money-making possibilities like sewing, growing flowers, raising animals, cooking, and tutoring.
    c) Join social activities, which you can start in your active years and continue after you have retired.
  3. Enjoy an active social life

To stay healthy older persons should live life to the fullest – socialize because:

  1. a) An active social life will keep your system going. It presents physical and mental challenges to keep you lively,
    b) Humans are social beings, so stay tuned to the social life around you,
    c) Get in contact with other older persons of your community and organize groups with similar interest.
  2. Try to make your meals attractive

A balance nutritious diet helps maintain good health, fight infection, and prevent diseases. Three reasons why older persons should continue to balance their diet by eating lots of vegetables, fruits and low-fat meat or fish are;
a) Absorption in the gut becomes less attractive for some nutrients,
b) The immune system gets weaker and so needs more support through nutritious foods,
c) Chewing food may become more difficult, so older people need appropriate food for their bodily needs.

Meals can also be made attractive for older persons by;

  1. a) Finding food stores or markets where you can buy fresh vegetables, fruits, and low-fat meats or fish.
    b) Being careful with storing food especially if you do not have a refrigerator. Eat leftovers from meals on the same day.
    c) Making your meals something to look forward to everyday and take time to prepare them.
    d) Finding new ways of combining food you like with new products you have heard of, Experimenting in your cooking.
    e) Using food with lots of fiber, such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, and cereals to help prevent constipation.
  2. Stay mobile- Go out and enjoy life!

If you are a resident of New York City; specifically in The Bronx; you not only have a place to enjoy your retirement, but you can enjoy yourself socializing with others while having nutritious meals and staying mobile.  Sounds great right?! We think so! The name of this wonderland of socialization is Harmony@154 Social Adult Day Care. Come out and enjoy yourself; our treat! Our center is loaded with the latest in technology and activities. We provide cognitive and comprehensive activities to keep you active.  There’s something for every enthusiast at Harmony at 154, so come by and visit us.

A lot of people are turned off by the “Day Care” part.  We don’t blame you.  After all day care is for children right?! It is place where children spend a few hours playing with their friends while they wait for mom or dad to pick them up and take them home.  Well we look at it this way… An adult day care is a place to spend time with some of your friends while you play dominoes, pool, perhaps a game of poker. It is a place where you can watch your favorite sports teams on our big screen televisions while you relax on our comfortable reclining chairs.  We are not trying to strip you of your independence; on the contrary we are trying to enhance it.

Lastly I want to say that Harmony at 154 isn’t only beneficial for the participant but for the care taker.  It provides the care taker respite from the duties they have to perform on a daily basis.  During this period of time the care taker has time to address personal errands resting assuredly that their loved one is being provided with the maximum in care.

Loretta Fleming(Participant): “I love being at Harmony,Keisha,Carmen are beautiful people,they keep us laughing and entertained,Gina speaks to us every morning as we come in,I feel welcomed each day that I go in.”!!! Love the trips!!!!

Do not conform to your age or limitations.Take advantage of everything life has to offer.  Life is a gift with endless opportunities.  You can get more information on Harmony at 154 by visiting our website at www.harmonysocialadultdaycare.com or by calling us at 718-585-5440.

At Harmony Social Adult Day Care, we believe everyone’s health is important, which is why we have all of our Certified Home Health Aides, Personal Care Aides, and staff trained efficiently, so that you or your loved ones are getting the right health professionals providing safe care at our facility. If you or someone you know is having difficulty with activities of daily living due to inactivity, please feel free to reach out to us for a free consultation at 718-585-5440. Or you can visit our website at www.harmonyadultdaycare.com .

Harmony Superstar

Many people tune in on a weekly basis to watch shows like “The Voice” or “American Idol” where talent from all over the US unite to win the ultimate title of being the next singing sensation.  All these people have one thing in common. They all want to be a Super Star!

Singing is just something everyone likes to do.  It is proven that singing aloud naturally makes you feel better.  I’ve tried it myself.  There have been times when I was feeling a little under the weather and just began singing along to one of my favorite songs in the car, and have felt significantly better.

Music is such a powerful thing.  Music has the power to change your mood, and here at Harmony we have adopted this concept. We put it to the test on a weekly basis.  We have noticed significant change in attitude, and outlook of our participants.  Instantly; one participant comes to mind. She joined our center with a diagnosis of chronic depression, and now she spends her days here with us dancing and singing to her favorite bachata songs.

On a weekly basis we have karaoke, and everybody loves it. Here we treat you like the superstar you really are. Sing anything from Anthony Santos to Smokey Robinson.  We have any and every song you may want to sing along to.  Maybe singing isn’t for you unless it is in the shower; our sound system and room acoustics will give you the reverb and tone that can make even a bad singer sound like Diana Ross.  The best thing about karaoke is that it’s just plain fun, and even more fun when done in a group.

Perhaps this sounds like something that you would like for yourself or a loved one.  Spending too much time at home isn’t good for anyone.  Mental and physical stimulus is very important to overall health.  At Harmony at 154th we help you stay active and independent longer. We also keep you healthy longer through fun and interactive activities.

If you want to try us out before making your decision you definitely can. We offer free one day passes to the center where you can enjoy different activities and rooms such as the cyber room, or relax room.  We provide free door to door transportation so call us today and speak with David  to set up a day to visit.  You won’t regret it. See you soon.

At Harmony Social Adult Day Care, we believe everyone’s health is important, which is why we have all of our Certified Home Health Aides, Personal Care Aides, and staff trained efficiently, so that you or your loved ones are getting the right health professionals providing safe care at our facility. If you or someone you know is having difficulty with activities of daily living due to depression, please feel free to reach out to us for a free consultation at 718-585-5440. Or you can visit our website at www.harmonyadultdaycare.com

Beat the Heat

 

I woke up this morning and looked at the weather and noticed that it was only 7am and it was already 81 degrees with a high of 95 today.  This is when I realized that days of being in the pool all day were approaching fast.  Unfortunately it is only Tuesday and I have to go into work.  This means that I have to leave the comfort of my wonderful bed and the comfort of my AC to get up and get ready to go.  I don’t know which one is harder waking up early or dealing with the heat.  The combination of both is just a lethal concoction to make anyone just stay home in front of a fan or in an air conditioned room.  Luckily, I work at Harmony Social Adult Day Care where the AC is always at a good comfortable level.

The great cooling system accompanied by our cold refreshing beverages makes Harmony at 154th the place to be during the summer.  Many New Yorkers go away for the summer, and that’s always fun, but a good number of people stay here in New York for many reasons.  One of the most common reasons is budget.  For some people it is just not in their budgets to take a trip down to Jamaica, or Florida.  I’m one of those people that stay here for the summer, but I find fun things to do.  Here at Harmony it feels like a mini vacation.  Well not for me because I’m working, but for our participants it is.  Makes me wish I could enroll here sometimes to just enjoy myself here.  If I were a participant here I would get me a nice cold glass of iced tea or lemonade, head up to the relax room with the recliners and just watch movies, but that’s just me.  You can do almost everything here.  You name it and we most likely have it.

Unfortunately many elderly people suffer heat strokes due to poor ventilation and cooling in their homes.  Some of the sign and symptoms of heat stroke include:  High body temperature. A body temperature of 104 F (40 C) or higher is the main sign of heatstroke, Altered mental state or behavior, Alteration in sweating, Nausea and vomiting, Flushed skin, Rapid breathing, Racing heart rate, and Headache.  All these signs and symptoms are more common in the elderly population, because they take longer to adapt to sudden climate changes.  While you’re here at Harmony you don’t have to worry about suffering any heat related illnesses.  Your comfort and health is our number 1 priority.

Call us today and set up a one day pass with us and see it for yourself.  We provide free transportation with AC as well.  You’ll be covered while you’re in our care.

At Harmony Social Adult Day Care, we believe everyone’s health is important, which is why we have all of our Certified Home Health Aides, Personal Care Aides, and staff trained efficiently, so that you or your loved ones are getting the right health professionals providing safe care at our facility. If you or someone you know is having difficulty with activities of daily living due to heat related illnesses, please feel free to reach out to us for a free consultation at 718-585-5440. Or you can visit our website at www.harmonyadultdaycare.com

Music to our ears

Music is an international language.  It is such a powerful tool that brings people together.  Every decade had its best artists.  In this blog I want to concentrate on three decades, and henceforth take you on a nostalgic trip back in time to one of the best artists of the 1940’s.

Count Basie

Music in the 1940s was mainly built around the jazz and big band styles that were popular during the day. Artists like Rosemary Clooney, and Artie Shaw helped to define the musical era with their unique brand of entertaining crowds through their music.   William James “Count” Basie (August 21, 1904 – April 26, 1984) was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer. His mother taught him to play the piano and he started performing in his teens. Dropping out of school, he learned to operate lights for vaudeville and to improvise accompaniment for silent films at a local movie theater in his home town of Red Bank, New Jersey. By 16 he increasingly played jazz piano at parties, resorts and other venues. In 1924 he went to Harlem, where his performing career expanded; he toured with groups to the major jazz cities of Chicago, St. Louis and Kansas City. In 1929 he joined Bennie Moten‘s band in Kansas City, and played with them until Moten’s death in 1935.

That year Basie formed his own jazz orchestra, and in 1936 took them to Chicago for a long engagement and their first recording. He led the group for almost 50 years, creating innovations like the use of two “split” tenor saxophones, emphasizing the rhythm section, riffing with a big band, using arrangers to broaden their sound, and others. Many musicians came to prominence under his direction, including the tenor saxophonists Lester Young and Herschel Evans, the guitarist Freddie Green, trumpeters Buck Clayton and Harry “Sweets” Edison and singers Jimmy Rushing and Joe Williams. Basie’s theme songs were “One O’Clock Jump“, developed in 1935 in the early days of his band, and later “April in Paris“.

William Basie was born to Harvey Lee and Lillian Basie in Red Bank, New Jersey.  His father worked as a coachman and caretaker for a wealthy judge. After automobiles replaced horses, his father became a groundskeeper and handyman for several wealthy families in the area.  Both of his parents had some type of musical background. His father played the mellophone, and his mother played the piano; in fact, she gave Basie his first piano lessons. She took in laundry and baked cakes for sale for a living. She paid 25 cents a lesson for piano instruction for him.

Not much of a student in school, Basie dreamed of a traveling life, inspired by touring carnivals which came to town. He finished junior high schoolbut spent much of his time at the Palace Theater in Red Bank, where doing occasional chores gained him free admission to performances. He quickly learned to improvise music appropriate to the acts and the silent movies.

Though a natural at the piano, Basie preferred drums. Discouraged by the obvious talents of Sonny Greer, who also lived in Red Bank and became Duke Ellington‘s drummer in 1919, Basie at age 15 switched to piano exclusively.  Greer and Basie played together in venues until Greer set out on his professional career. By then, Basie was playing with pick-up groups for dances, resorts, and amateur shows, including Harry Richardson’s “Kings of Syncopation”.  When not playing a gig, he hung out at the local pool hall with other musicians, where he picked up on upcoming play dates and gossip. He got some jobs in Asbury Park at the Jersey Shore, and played at the Hong Kong Inn until a better player took his place.

Count Basie’s music is timeless here at Harmony at 154th Street.  Besides providing pre-recorded music from great artists of that time, and other eras; we also provide live musical entertainment.  Many people who attend our center love the live entertainment/sing along aspect of our center.  It is scientifically proven that singing out loud makes you feel emotionally, physically, and mentally better.  As I mentioned at the beginning of this; music is a powerful tool, and we take full advantage of it here in Harmony at 154th Street. Come join us and bring music to our ears!

At Harmony Social Adult Day Care, we believe everyone’s health is important, which is why we have all of our Certified Home Health Aides, Personal Care Aides, and staff trained efficiently, so that you or your loved ones are getting the right health professionals providing safe care at our facility. If you or someone you know is having difficulty with activities of daily living due to depression, please feel free to reach out to us for a free consultation at 718-585-5440. Or you can visit our website at www.harmonyadultdaycare.com

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Wii want to play

Let me take you back to the late 1940’s and 1950’s for a moment.  This is a beautiful era that even people born in a later era can appreciate.   Modern culture still has a fascination with the fads, crazes and pop sensations from the age when the whole family sat down for dinner every night and a car with fins could get you a date. But there was more to the 1950s than sock hops and drive-ins; some of the trends and social movements that came out of that decade, such as the birth of rock ‘n’ roll and the widespread adoption of TV, continue to shape our lives today. Rock music captivated the younger set, although their elders disapproved. Elvis Presley entered the living room through the Ed Sullivan variety show, which was broadcast in black and white. RCA first broadcast color television in June, 1951, but it was not yet available to the masses. “I Love Lucy,” “Leave It to Beaver,” and “The Twilight Zone” are examples of popular shows at the time. Children celebrated their birthdays with parties at skating rinks. Hula Hoops, Barbie dolls and electric train sets are representative toys of the 1950s. All ages enjoyed dancing and dancing lessons.

Many people took their entire families to drive-in movie theaters. Favorite films of the era included “Rebel Without a Cause” and “Giant”. Musicals such as “South Pacific” and “Gentlemen Prefer Blonds” were also hits. James Dean and Marilyn Monroe are iconic stars of the 50s. Children preferred the matinee westerns shown at local theaters starring Gene Autry or Roy Rogers. Much of the fun of the 1950s was family oriented and centered around the children of the post-war baby boom.  The point is people have always had different ways of entertaining themselves. Now in 2015; forms of entertainment have changed.  Although the concept remains the same;  the way to achieve “being entertained” has really changed.  With technological advancements and breakthroughs; people have found new ways to stay active and interactive.  One of those ways is through a video game consul known as the Nintendo Wii. Senior citizens and children can agree that Nintendo Wii is just a whole lot of fun.

Our participants really enjoy playing wii bowling on our wall size big screen.  Along with wii bowling we also have wii golf, wii tennis, and other enjoyable games that make time fly by.  The Nintendo Wii requires you to use your body as the controller for the game.  You’re not just sitting in one spot staring at a screen.  Instead, you are the player in the game.  This not only provides entertainment, but it also provides and promotes better blood circulation, and overall health.  It is really easy to play. Many people are turned off to learning new things because they fear that it will be too difficult, but our staff here at Harmony at 154th street will walk you through the simple process.  We know that once you get the hang of it you’re not going to stop playing.

Harmony at 154th Street has your best health in mind.  If you suffer from stiffness, or from depression let us help.  Our center has provided many people with better living.  We believe that you will enjoy your time here so much that we offer everyone a free one day pass to come and enjoy themselves playing wii, doing arts and crafts, listening to live music, playing pool and other great and interactive activities that will start you off to better health from day one.  Call us today!

At Harmony Social Adult Day Care, we believe everyone’s health is important, which is why we have all of our Certified Home Health Aides, Personal Care Aides, and staff trained efficiently, so that you or your loved ones are getting the right health professionals providing safe care at our facility. If you or someone you know is having difficulty with activities of daily living due to poor circulation, please feel free to reach out to us for a free consultation at 718-585-5440. Or you can visit our website at www.harmonyadultdaycare.com

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Bookworms welcomed

Does anyone remember Levar Burton? He was the host of a famous PBS show that aired on June 6, 1983 called The Reading Rainbow.   On this show; Levar Burton; took you into brief synopses of different books to create interest in reading.  The show included animations to induce even more interest in the books he was showcasing.  Before there was computers, internet, cell phones, and video game consuls; there was reading.  Many people enjoy reading still.  Reading has many advantages.  It increases vocabulary, focus, and imagination.  It also improves problem solving, and it can ward off dementia and delirium. For the next few paragraphs I will attempt to do what Levar Burton did on Reading Rainbow, and give you a brief synopses of three books which are fan favorites here at Harmony Social Adult Day Care.

Honeymoon by James Patterson

The honeymoon is over–now the murders can begin. America’s #1 thriller writer returns with his sexiest, scariest novel ever. Hotter than The Beach House and scarier than Kiss the Girls, James Patterson’s explosive new thriller introduces a bride who is beautiful, talented, devoted–and deadly.

When a young investment banker dies of baffling causes, FBI agent John O’Hara immediately suspects the only witness, the banker’s alluring and mysterious fiancee

Nora Sinclair is a beautiful decorator who expects the best, and will do anything to get it. Agent O’Hara keeps closing in, but the stronger his case, the less he knows whether he’s pursuing justice or his own fatal obsession.

In a novel so compelling it reads like a collaboration with Alfred Hitchcock, James Patterson unveils surprise after surprise that will keep readers guessing until the last deadly kiss.

When the wind blows by James Patterson

Frannie O’Neill is a young and talented veterinarian living in Colorado. Plagued by the mysterious murder of her husband, David, a local doctor, Frannie throws herself into her work. It is not long before another bizarre murder occurs and Kit Harrison, a troubled and unconventional FBI agent, arrives on her doorstep.

Late one night, near the woods of her animal hospital, Frannie stumbles upon a strange, astonishing phenomenon that will change the course of her life forever….

Her name is Max.

With breathtaking energy, eleven-year-old Max leads Frannie and Kit to uncover one of the most diabolical and inhuman plots of modern science. When the Wind Blows is as unique a story as has ever been told, filled with suspense and passion. This is by far James Patterson’s best book to date.

Catcher in the rye JD Salinger

This is one of the most remarkable books published in years. It is the story of sixteen year old Holden Caulfield, who wants desperately to find himself, but who goes underground in New York for forty eight hours when he is overwhelmed by the perplexing circumstances of his life. Read the first page and you will not be able to stop until you have completed this wild and magic adventure with him.

Besides these fantastic reads we have a library full of Spanish and English literature for your reading pleasure.  Why don’t you just stop by and see for yourself? We want to know what your favorite book is, and who your favorite author is.  Join our book club and explore new books together here at Harmony at 154th.  Besides books we offer wide range of activities for you to enjoy. We also offer free breakfast and lunch to all of our participants.  Call us today to schedule your free visit to Harmony at 154th.  Transportation is free.  718-585-5440.

At Harmony Social Adult Day Care, we believe everyone’s health is important, which is why we have all of our Certified Home Health Aides, Personal Care Aides, and staff trained efficiently, so that you or your loved ones are getting the right health professionals providing safe care at our facility. If you or someone you know is having difficulty with activities of daily living due to health issues, please feel free to reach out to us for a free consultation at 718-585-5440. Or you can visit our website at www.harmonyadultdaycare.com

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