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AFB Senior Site Offers New Information to Help Senior Citizens Manage Diabetes and Vision Loss
Date:11/13/2009

CLEARWATER, Fla., Nov. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Senior citizens managing diabetes and vision loss have a new place online to find a host of free materials to help them learn how to stay active, eat sensibly and independently manage medications.

The materials are available on the newly expanded AFB Senior Site (www.afb.org/seniorsite/diabetes), which was unveiled Thursday (Nov. 12) at an event at Ruth Eckerd Hall in recognition of American Diabetes Month, observed in November. The event was hosted by the Verizon Foundation, the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) and the Lighthouse of Pinellas. Enrique Oliu, sports commentator for the Tampa Bay Rays, and state Rep. Bill Heller participated.

"With over 3 million Americans living with vision loss and diabetes and another 15 million at risk, there is a real need for good information on safely managing diabetes while visually impaired," said Dan Mann, president and CEO of the Lighthouse of Pinellas, which offers diabetic self-management classes at its facility in Largo to diabetics who are also blind or visually impaired.

At the event, the AFB and the Verizon Foundation introduced a comprehensive Diabetes Guide (www.afb.org/seniorsite/diabetes) - available in English and Spanish - that addresses health issues facing people with diabetes and vision loss, such as diet, exercise and monitoring blood glucose levels. The guide is part of the AFB Senior Site (
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