The New Community Adult Learning Center, 563 Orange St., Newark, served as the host site for the National Diabetes Month Roundtable presented by Congressman Donald M. Payne Jr. and Newark West Ward Councilman Dupré Kelly on Nov. 22. The discussion focused on diabetes care and how the Inflation Reduction Act helps reduce costs for seniors with diabetes.
Congressman Payne shared his experiences and challenges living with diabetes and encouraged everyone to take the advice of their medical professionals to manage the condition. He also talked about the high cost of insulin, particularly for those without insurance, sharing a story about how he accidentally left his insulin behind one time when he traveled to Washington, D.C. and was shocked at the high cost to pay out of pocket for a small vile.
Residents of New Community Manor Senior attended the roundtable, including Sherman Gibbs who spoke during the event about his experiences as a diabetes patient.
The roundtable was conducted virtually via Zoom for a wider audience and included Dr. Johnnie A. Lee, internal medicine, and Dr. Katherine York, AARP New Jersey, as virtual speakers.