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Mayor Reed Urges Older Adults in Atlanta to Get Screened for Diabetes
Date:3/23/2010

he Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, followed Councilman Bond and provided background and details on the preventive health benefits offered by Medicare, with emphasis on those related to diabetes.  He explained that for adults ages 65 and older, who have one additional risk factor for diabetes, Medicare offers free screening for diabetes in a doctor's office or other clinical setting.  If beneficiaries are screened and learn they have pre-diabetes, they can be re-screened in six months time.

Also on hand at today's event was Ken Mitchell, State Director, AARP Georgia, who spoke of AARP's health and wellness activities and his organization's interest in and commitment to informing older adults about the risk factors for diabetes.

Michael Gault, Senior Executive Director of the American Diabetes Association's Atlanta Region, explained the history of his organization's Alert Day and how it has served to literally wake up many people to the need to do something about diabetes.  "We are proud to be a co-chair of the Medicare Diabetes Screening Project, and I believe Diabetes Alert Day is the perfect time to launch this vital effort to help our seniors improve their health," said Mr. Gault.

Mr. Gault also explained that his organization is holding its American Di
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