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Olympia Dukakis and Louis Zorich speak about the importance of getting screened for diabetes

Tuesday May 25 - Academy Award winning actress Olympia Dukakis and Tony-nominated husband Louis Zorich will be here in Boston to speak about the importance of getting screened for diabetes. Diabetes is an extremely common, yet devastating disease that affects more than 23.6 million people in the United States alone.

Dukakis and Zorich have joined forces with healthcare company Novo Nordisk in order to inform people about diabetes and ways in which people at-risk for the disease can prevent its onset. Ask.Screen.Know. was a campaign created to increase the amount of in-office screenings for the disease.

There are a number of adults who may be at risk for developing diabetes and have yet to be tested. Although Medicare has offered free screenings since 2005, there is a low percentage of adults that actually take advantage of this opportunity. According to the American Diabetes Association, there are over 5.7 million people still undiagnosed, even though Medicare has offered free diabetes screenings for those at risk for many years now.

The couple will be at the Quincy Council on Aging at the Kennedy Center raising awareness about the importance of screening for the disease in those 65 years and older and promoting the free screenings currently provided by Medicare. A simple test at the doctor’s office can serve as a preventative step in the onset of symptoms, by allowing the patient time to focus on effective treatment options.

Who: Olympia Dukakis & Louis Zorich
What: Increasing awareness about the importance of getting screened for diabetes and the free screenings offered by Medicare.
When: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 1:00 PM
Where: Quincy Council on Aging, The Kennedy Center, 440 East Squantum Street , Quincy, MA 02171