When you or someone you love has been diagnosed with any form of diabetes, the impact it can have on your life and your family, can sometimes be overwhelming. Many have found it helpful to attend a support group, where they can meet others who share their experiences. You can gain support and understanding, trade tips and ideas, improve your diabetes self-care, and focus on issues that are important to you. The U-M Comprehensive Diabetes Center offers several free support groups for adults and seniors living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, as well as those who deal with complications from diabetes. The groups are led by our Diabetes Education Program staff and other affiliated U-M Health System staff, such as certified diabetes educator nurses and dietitians. Our support groups are free and open to the public, including patients who receive their healthcare outside the U-M Health System. Family members and other support people are also encouraged to attend. There are no fees and no co-pays. Support groups offered by the U-M Diabetes Education Program:
- Type 1 Diabetes Adult Support Group
- Type 2 Diabetes Adult Support Group
- Diabetes Support Group for Seniors (60 years and older)
Related support groups in the University of Michigan community:
- Amputee Support Group — sponsored by U-M Orthotics and Prosthetics Center
- Living with Low Vision Group — sponsored by the U-M Kellogg Eye Center
- U-M Students for Diabetes Awareness — a club for U-M students concerned about diabetes
- Third Tuesday of each month 6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Endocrinology Clinic Lobby at Domino’s Farms.
- Contact (734) 998-2475 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. Please call in advance to confirm attendance.
- Facilitated by: Emily Jones, R.D., from UMHS Nutrition Services.
- Second Saturday of each month 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m at the East Ann Arbor Health Center in the lower-level conference room.
- Contact (734) 998-2475 or email@example.com with questions.
- Facilitated by: Mary Lou Gillard, MS, RN, CDE
- First Tuesday of each month 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m at the East Ann Arbor Health Center in the lower-level conference room.
- This group offers information and support for people 60 years of age or older who have diabetes.
- To be added to the mailing list: Call the Geriatrics Clinic Social Work office at (734) 764-2556.
- Questions:.Contact (734) 998-2475 or firstname.lastname@example.org Facilitated by: Kim Sperlbaum, RN, CDE
Amputee Support Group
- First Tuesday of each month 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Orthotics and Prosthetics Center.
- This is a non-profit Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) member support group. The group's goal is to help amputees, people with limb loss, and their families cope with the initial shock of loss by helping them regain their life through compassion, education, and encouragement.
- Most support meetings have a presentation that lasts about an hour. After the presentation there is discussion and sharing of information. Light refreshments are served.
- For more information and resource links, see the U-M Community Amputee Network