How to Help Seniors and Caregivers Manage Diabetes at Home
As the rate of diabetes in American adults over age 65 continues to rise, senior care professionals can play a significant role in helping these older adults and their family caregivers manage the condition at home. According to the CDC, nearly 12 million seniors have been diagnosed with diabetes, and the rate of the condition among people between the ages of 65 and 74 rose 113 percent between 1993 and 2014. These numbers suggest that diabetes will continue to be a serious health issue among older adults for years to come.
Diabetes increases a seniors risk of developing several other comorbidities, including cardiovascular disease and kidney failure. In a recent webinar co-sponsored by the American Society on Aging and Home Instead, Inc., gerontologist Lakelyn Hogan and registered nurse Lanita Knoke discussed several ways senior care professionals can help clients manage their diabetes for improved wellness and quality of life. They also talked about tactful ways healthcare professionals can address the diabetes elephant in the room: obesity.
To provide support for seniors with diabetes and their caregivers, you might consider these four strategies.
1. Provide education as a means of empowerment
Diabetes management can feel like a complex, overwhelming thing, especially for an older adult who may have multiple comorbid conditions. You can help seniors and caregivers feel more confident and empowered to take on the task of diabetes management by arming them with key information, such as:
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