Six Diabetes Management Challenges for Seniors

Diabetes SeniorsThere are seniors who deal with diabetes, and still have to manage and control it just as anyone else does. There are management challenges that are more difficult for seniors than for the younger generation.

1. Exercise

Exercising for seniors is not always allowed, or is very limited due to other health factors. The majority of seniors have cardiology related health problems and are unable to do “cardio” exercises which can greatly reduce diabetic complications. Even walking for some seniors is a futile exercise because some actually may not have much mobility to work with or may be in a wheelchair. This does not pose a significant problem as there are other ways to exercise. There are special exercises that are designed for seniors who have mobility issues. Check with your doctor.

2. Transportation

Many senior citizens can no longer drive due to health issues. Having no means of transportation to get to and from doctor’s appointments, a pharmacist and other health related places such as counseling or a dietician can be a challenge for a diabetic senior. Lack of transportation means less ability for the doctor to monitor the prognosis and to make necessary medication changes as well.

3. Health Care

Health care is a huge financial crisis for senior citizens. Being a diabetic senior is even more of a financial crisis. Many seniors do not have the financial means to support the numerous doctor visits, co-pays, dietician or the amount of medication required to stay healthy and fit. Some insurance plans will pay only pay a percentage, while the customer has to come up with the rest of the balance.  To add to the dilemma, most insurers’ coverage is expensive. Quite often insurance companies do not pay for all of the diabetic supplies and medications needed to manage diabetes. There are options available however through your county’s Department of Social Services Office of the Ageing. The agency helps with transportation, medical, food, diet, and home services such as a visiting nurse for any help needed in the home.

4. Depression

Depression in the elderly with diabetes can happen. It is a common side effect when dealing with ageing and diabetes. There is the added disadvantage of being overwhelmed and feeling inadequate to the point that depression can settle in. Getting the help needed means talking to your doctor. He or she will know how best to deal and cope with diabetes related depression.

5. Medication Therapy

Diabetic seniors can easily forget their medications and not remember if they took it that day and possibly over medicate. There is also the matter of making sure they check their blood sugar levels with a glucose meter a couple of times daily. It is best to have someone help to do medications and make sure blood levels are checked if there are issues involved with remembering. Another way to make sure that medications are taken properly is to buy a pill dispenser. Most of these medication dispensers have daily compartments and even times to take them. This greatly reduces any confusion when taking medication.

6. Diet

Getting the right foods and watching carbohydrates and sugars can be confusing and overwhelming. Many diabetic seniors have trouble eating certain types of foods as they have food intolerance and chewing ability becomes harder. A good way to find the right foods and to watch carbohydrates and sugars is to have a dietician come in to work with you and your family. This is a service that is provided by the state. Check into all options available to seniors and seniors with diabetes.

Next Post → ← Previous Post