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City Councilors Nancy White, RN, Charles Jones, and Ed DeFore Launch Medicare Diabetes Screening Project in Macon
Date:3/24/2009

ing test in a health care provider's office, with no deductible and no co-pay. If seniors are found to have pre-diabetes, they are eligible for another free screening in six months.

To encourage use of these benefits, the Medicare Diabetes Screening Project was conceived and launched in 2007 in Columbus, Georgia. City and community leaders in Columbus developed a model for public awareness and outreach, and that model is being adopted for implementation here in Macon.

"Macon city leaders immediately saw the need for the Project," said Geri Ward, Director, Middle Georgia Area Agency on Aging, "and they have quickly developed ideas and networks for reaching out to seniors and their health care providers with messages of what Medicare offers for diabetes screening. Our agency is proud to support the city's efforts."

Currently planned activities include outreach to Macon primary care physicians and their office managers, to inform them of the MDSP and the Medicare diabetes screening benefits; educational seminars at local senior centers; outreach to members of the public via the faith-based community; and public service announcements.

Today's event at the Macon City Council building occurred on the day that the American Diabetes Association celebrates the American Diabetes Alert, a one-day call-to-action for learning about the risk factors for diabetes. For more information about the Alert, and to take an online risk assessment quiz, visit the American Diabetes Association's web site at www.diabetes.org/alert.

The most currently-available estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that 651,000 adults in the state of Georgia have diabetes, with 215,000 of them being ages 65 and older. The CDC also estimates that 11.6% of all adults ages 20 and older in Bibb County have diabetes, one of the highes
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