Diabetes Alert for Family Caregivers of Seniors

Does your senior loved one have diabetes? Do you know for sure? Do THEY (no, they might not)? There are many reasons you should know — and also much you  might need to know if they do have the disease.

Diabetes is the most costly of all chronic diseases when it comes to spending on medical care, with those who have diabetes spending twice on average what those without diabetes spend on healthcare.

Seniors comprise over 40% of those in the U.S. with diabetes even though they make up only 12% of the overall population. 11 million, more than one out of every four, were estimated to have diabetes in 2010.

Seniors with diabetes often have to live with greater limits on their daily activities, with decreased cognition and reduced mobility compared to those without diabetes — with their independence hindered as a result.

Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death and contributes to a life expectancy that is estimated to be fifteen years shorter for those afflicted than those without.

For these reasons and many more, it’s important for family caregivers to learn about the many aspects of diabetes and its impact on elder loved ones. In this episode of the Senior Care Corner Podcast we discuss

  • Complications associated with diabetes
  • Symptoms of diabetes (though many with the disease don’t experience symptoms)
  • Learn about pre-diabetes and controlling it might prevent diabetes
  • Treatment goals for managing the disease
  • Medicare coverage for the needs of those with diabetes
  • Healthy eating and diabetes
Factors that lead to diabetes onset can often be controlled, which is key in keeping your senior loved one from becoming one of the statistics. Doing so means both you and your loved one should become educated in self management to help control diabetes and prevent its complications — and keep your senior loved one in the best health possible.

Links Mentioned in Feature Segment

News Items in This Episode

  • Study links falls to hearing loss
  • Study shows exercise a defense against dementia
  • Alzheimer’s Association awards largest ever research grant
  • Mental trouble for elderly patients after hospitalization

We hope you will find this episode to be of value and look forward to your comments and suggestions!

Podcast Transcript – so you can follow along or read at your convenience

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