This article discuss ways to help a seniors with Type 2 diabetes and avoid diabetes complications. Type 2 diabetes is continuing to advance in seniors age 60 and above and is becoming an epidemic. Diabetes can effect your vision and left untreated could cause Blindness. – MDA

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The rate of Type 2 diabetes among Americans over age 60 continues to grow. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says nearly 20 percent of this age group has been diagnosed with diabetes. That means you may find yourself helping a senior (or a family caregiver) manage a disease that brings along a host of potential complications.

Type 2 diabetes rarely exists alone. It loves to hang out with its friends, hypertension (high blood pressure), neuropathy (loss of feeling in the limbs) and vision trouble. However, as a senior care professional you can help your clients avoid these complications of diabetes. Here are three ways you can assist seniors with diabetes.

Encourage adherence to the treatment plan

As you probably know, when a senior receives a diagnosis of diabetes, the health care team usually will create a treatment plan that includes components like medication, diet, exercise, and lifestyle modifications.

According to the Mayo Clinic, adhering to the treatment plan can delay or minimize any complications that may arise from diabetes. Offer seniors and their family caregivers encouragement and positive reinforcement about sticking to the care plan. Make sure everyone understands the various components of it.

Advocate good medication practices

Seniors with Type 2 diabetes may take medication not only for blood sugar control but also for coexisting conditions like hypertension or high cholesterol. Managing a lot of medications can become confusing, especially for people with memory loss or other cognitive decline.

For seniors who need help monitoring their medication regimen, consider suggesting a non-medical helper, like a Home Instead Senior Care CARE Giver SM. These aides can provide medication reminders to help seniors stay on track with the many pills they may need to take each day. This in-home assistance can be particularly useful when seniors have no family caregiver available to help remind them…….

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Sources: Waxahachietx Daily Light & American Diabetes Association