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Minority Health Month Program for Seniors

April 2011

It's sometimes difficult to separate myth from reality when it comes to understanding diabetes and other chronic health issues.

To help shed some light on the subject, the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging's Eldercare Services Institute will present two 'train-the-trainer' programs for seniors as part of Minority Health Month in April.

"Diabetes and the Kidneys Too" will provide older adults with accurate and accessible information on diabetes and kidney health to share with their peers. Presenters include Joann Mraz of the American Diabetes Association (ADA), Jeff Schelling, MD of the Kidney Foundation of Ohio, Darlene Mason and Dale Hemphill of Community Dialysis Care, and puppeteer Binnie Tufts.

In addition to their presentations, ADA and the Kidney Foundation will provide health screenings to participants.

Programs are scheduled for Wednesday, April 13, from 1-3 pm at the Senior Outreach Center, 2390 East 79th Street, and Tuesday, April 19, from 1-3 pm at Epworth Church, 1919 East 107th Street.

The programs are funded by the Ohio Commission on Minority Health.

The programs are free and open to the public, though reservations are requested.

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About the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging: For more than 100 years, the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging has worked to improve care for older adults and their caregivers. The main focus of BRIA is to assist older people and their families to live successfully in the community. Through service, research, and advocacy, BRIA works to fulfill its mission of advancing the health, independence, and dignity of older adults. For more information on the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging, visit

Media Contact: Jeanne Hoban, 216.373.1686,


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