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November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

November is National Diabetes Month, a time when communities across the country seek to bring attention to diabetes. For the millions of us who are at risk for it, it’s a time to get educated, find resources, and make sure all those around us are aware of their risk, too. 

But there’s also good news: Taking charge of your health may help you prevent diabetes health problems.


Take Charge of Tomorrow: Preventing Diabetes Health Problems

Video on how to prevent diabetes related health problems on You Tube

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a disease that occurs when your blood glucose, also called blood sugar, is too high. High blood glucose can cause health problems over time.

The main types of diabetes are type 1, type 2, and gestational. It affects about 37 million Americans, including adults and youth. Diabetes can damage the eyes, kidneys, nerves, and heart, and it is linked to some types of cancer.

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Are you at risk?

Could you have diabetes and not know it? About 1 in 5 Americans with diabetes has it and doesn’t know it. Take the American Diabetes Association Diabetes Risk Test below to see if you are at risk for type 2 diabetes.

Take A 60-Second Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test

Sign up for Diabetes Empowerment Workshop!

Agency on Aging Area 4's Diabetes Empowerment Education offers a six-week workshop to help adults with diabetes learn more about diabetes, self-manage their condition, and maintain a healthy, active lifestyle. Join us!


Recursos Sobre Diabetes en Español

¿Estás en riesgo?

Haga clic aquí para tomar una prueba rápida de riesgo de diabetes tipo 2.


¡Tomar el control!

Descargar información del usuario sobre la prevención de la diabetes.


Visite www.diabetes.org/espanol para obtener más información sobre la prevención de los problemas de salud relacionados con la diabetes o seguir en Facebook.

November is Alzheimer's Awareness Month

November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, a time to heighten awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and show support for the more than 6.2 million Americans living with it. Learn the facts about Alzheimer’s, related dementias, and mild cognitive impairment, including symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, and where to find more information.

What is Alzheimer's?

Alzheimer’s disease is a brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills and, eventually, the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. People with Alzheimer’s also experience changes in behavior and personality.


What is Dementia?

Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a range of neurological conditions affecting the brain that worsen over time. It is the loss of the ability to think, remember, and reason to levels that affect daily life and activities.


What is Mild Cognitive Impairment?

Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is a condition in which people have more memory or thinking problems than other people their age. The symptoms of MCI are not as severe as those of Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. People with MCI can usually take care of themselves and carry out their normal daily activities.


If Alzheimer’s is in your life, help is within your reach.

AFA’s National Toll-Free Helpline is open seven days a week and staffed entirely by licensed social workers specifically trained in dementia care. The Helpline is accessible by phone, web chat, and text message to assist callers with topics — no question is too big or small.

CALL: 866-232-8484

TEXT: 646-586-5283

WEB: https://alzfdn.org/afahelpline/

Improve Your Mood, Improve Your Life

Did you know that one in five older adults

experiences depression?

The Program to Encourage Active, Rewarding Lives (PEARLS) is an evidence-based program designed to reduce depressive symptoms and improve quality of life in older adults.

Our PEARLS coaches will provide six to eight

in-home sessions to help you:

  • Recognize the symptoms of depression.
  • Use a seven-step approach to identify and solve problems.
  • Plan social and physical activities, which often improve the mood of people with depression.

For more information:

CALL (800) 211-4545

EMAIL [email protected]

What is Aging & Disability Resource Connection (ADRC)?

An ADRC is a network of organizations that work together to make access to services easier for older adults, people with disabilities, and family care providers. We are here to support you in finding resources and exploring your community options for living independently.

We can help you stay in your home, remain connected to your community, make a smooth transition from hospital to home, and access caregiver resources or respite care.

How can an ADRC help you?

  • By providing in-person, phone, or online information about a wide range of services and resources.
  • By presenting options for long term services and support so that informed choices can be made about care planning.
  • By offering short-term services to address urgent needs and prevent unnecessary admission to a nursing facility or hospital.
  • By coordinating relocation from hospitals or nursing facilities back to a home or the community and arranging for needed support.

ADRCs are transforming the way people access community resources.

Get help today!

CALL: (800) 211-4545

EMAIL: [email protected]

WEB: www.adrc4.org

Medicare Open Enrollment

From now through December 7, you can join, switch, or drop your Medicare plan. As long as your plan is confirmed by December 7, your coverage will begin on January 1, 2024.

Contact the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy

Program (HICAP) to schedule an appointment with a registered counselor to get help with your questions,

choices and rights.

CALL: 1(800) 434-0222

Stay safe this winter!

With winter comes winter weather. it's important to stay informed, pay attention to weather forecasts, and listen to local authorities for news that can affect your health and safety.

Go to CalAlerts.org to sign up for text alerts specific to your county.

Discounted Internet Service

Sign Up. Connect. Save.

Affordable internet is here. Whether it's health care, education, or your career, make the most of your Affordable Connectivity Program discount.

Program benefits include:

  • Service discount up to $30/month
  • Device (phone or tablet) discount up to $100 for qualifying device


Inscribase. Conectese. Ahorre.

Internet asequible ya está aquí. Ya sea atención médica, educación o su carrera, aproveche al máximo el descuento del Programa de Descuentos para Internet.

Beneficios del programa:

  • Descuento en su servicio de hasta $30/mes
  • Descuento de dispositivo de hasta $100 para un dispositivo que califique

Free Online Classes By Older Adults, For Older Adults

Sacramento Resident Darlene explains her interest in GetSetUp online classes

We have teamed up with GetSetUp to provide live online classes to keep you mentally, physically and socially active. Classes are interactive, easy to join, offered day and night and free for our community!

Darlene shares her experience using GetSetUp — watch to learn more!

All classes are free and sponsored by Agency on Aging Area 4.Use the coupon code area4-ca to waive any fees associated with the classes.


Healthy Eating = Healthy Aging

Turkey Stew

A seasonal favorite

Adding more protein to your diet helps to manage diabetes by reducing blood sugar spikes. If you have left over turkey, try this Turkey Stew Recipe. This hearty stew of turkey, potatoes, and vegetables will warm up a cold winter night. You can replace turkey with cooked chicken. 



A tasty pumpkin dessert

Pumpkin and winter squash can be a great decoration idea as well as a delicious recipe. Winter squash has vitamin A and Vitamin C to keep our immune system strong and fiber to keep us feeling full longer. If you have leftover pumpkin or winter squash, try this delicious Shirini Recipe for thanksgiving or just a delicious dessert.


Barley & Lentil Soup

Flavorful & filling

Carbohydrates in the food you eat raise your blood sugar levels. Focus on whole foods instead of highly processed foods as much as possible. Whole grain foods are shown to decrease risk of type 2 diabetes. This Barley & Lentil Soup is high in fiber and would be a great whole grain to incorporate in your diet. 


Workshops for Healthy Aging

Agency on Aging Area 4 hosts free virtual and in-person workshops for the older adult community in Sacramento, Nevada, Placer, Sierra, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba Counties.

Whether you’re interested in nutrition, health promotion or job readiness we have the classes for you! Our team is currently creating interest lists for each of our workshops. Click on the workshop you're interested in below and fill out the form. A staff member will contact you when new classes are scheduled.


Bingocize is 10-week, socially engaging group-based program that combines exercise, health education, and the widely popular game of bingo.


A Matter of Balance

A Matter of Balance is an 8-week course that enables participants to reduce the fear of falling by learning to view falls as controllable, setting goals for increasing activity levels, making small changes to reduce fall risks at home, and exercise to increase strength and balance.


Live Strong & Safe

Live Strong & Safe Fall Prevention Program is a short one session series that provides a comprehensive overview of fall prevention, including home safety and medication management.


Diabetes Empowerment Education

Diabetes Empowerment Education is a six-week workshop to help adults with diabetes learn more about diabetes, self-manage their condition, and maintain a healthy, active lifestyle.


Cooking Matters

Cooking Matters is a four-week course that teaches participants to shop smarter, use nutrition information to make healthier choices and cook delicious, affordable meals.


Eat Smart, Live Strong

The Eat Smart, Live Strong is a 4-week course designed to encourage older adults to increase fruit and vegetable consumption to at least 31/2 cups and to participate in at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity each day.


Food Smarts

Food Smarts is a 6-week course designed to support healthy behavior change in the areas of healthy eating, food safety, cooking, food waste reduction and food resource management.


Mature Edge

Mature Edge is a job-readiness program that can help the mature worker update their resume and learn valuable skills to land the job you want.


Upcoming Events


  • Thursday, Nov 2
  • 8 - 12noon
  • Yuba City Senior Center


CALL (530)822-4608


  • Saturday, Nov 4
  • 9am - 12noon
  • Center of Praise Ministries


EMAIL [email protected]


  • Wednesday, Nov 15
  • 12 - 3pm
  • Kennedy Library & Learning Center


EMAIL [email protected]

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