Group Classes for Diabetics: Verona Office

Vanguard Medical Group holds diabetes self-management group classes, covered by most insurance.

Call 973-239-2600 for more information.

Topics include:

  • Learn to live well and finally manage diabetes
  • Understand the diabetes process
  • Conquer nagging questions about which foods to choose
  • Be motivated to get fit and stay active
  • Appreciate the need to monitor blood sugar levels
  • Become expert at properly taking your medication
  • Able to tackle sick days, traveling, and unexpected blood sugar levels
  • Lessen your potential for serious complications

Caregiver Support Group: Verona Office

  • Meet once a month with other caregivers
  • Meeting is led by a Vanguard staff member
  • Learn how to cope with the stress of caregiving
  • Share experiences and resources with other caregivers

Primary Care for the Caregiver

Helping another adult bathe and dress, driving to doctor appointments, giving doses of medications… being a caregiver… leaves little time to take care of yourself. Yet it’s important to do so, not only because someone else depends upon you, but because your health matters too. The constant demands of caregiving can take their toll and put you at risk for disease. At Vanguard Medical Group, we recognize the special needs of caregivers.

Signs and Symptoms of Caregiver Health Risks

If you’re a caregiver, you’re not alone. According to the PEW Research Center, 39 percent of U.S. adults – four in ten – provide care for a family member or someone in need. As a result, the constant demands of caregiving are increasingly showing up in physical and emotional symptoms of stress or burnout, such as:

  • Feeling tired or run down, and out of energy
  • Feeling irritable, frustrated, isolated, anxious or depressed
  • Losing interest in activities you used to enjoy
  • Gaining or losing weight
  • Regular consumption of alcohol

Personalized Caregiver Primary Care

We’re here to help you take the steps to safeguard your health by confronting the cause behind the symptoms of caregiver stress and burnout. In providing care for the caregiver, we’ve targeted the most common areas of physical and emotional effects. But we customize the program to your specific situation and needs.

  • Cardiovascular and hypertension screening
  • Nutrition and exercise counseling
  • Depression and anxiety counseling
  • Annual physicals
  • Support groups for caregivers (coming spring 2014)

Call or email us to set up an appointment. We’ll schedule it around your schedule.

Health Tips for Caregivers

  • Our staff recommends the following health tips for caregivers:
  • Take time for yourself
  • Get a good night’s sleep
  • Exercise regularly
  • Eat healthy meals and snacks
  • Get regular checkups
  • Join a support group
  • Ask for help when you need it

Resources for Caregivers

There are a variety of online resources available to caregivers. We’ve compiled a list that has been helpful to our patients in the past.