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How You Can Help Your Senior Loved One Manage Diabetes

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According to the American Diabetes Association, approximately 25 percent of Americans over 60 have diabetes. If your elderly loved one falls into this demographic, managing the condition is important so he or she can avoid developing more serious issues. Here are a few ways you can help your loved one accomplish this.

Provide Adequate Care

If your loved one finds diabetes treatment complicated or otherwise difficult to manage, take over his or her care routines. You can remind him or her to take insulin on schedule and work together to create a healthy diet plan. If you can’t personally provide the care your loved one needs, speak to his or her physician about simplifying the treatment program or consider hiring a Naples part-time caregiver to assist your loved one while you are away.

Educate Yourself

Uncontrolled blood sugar levels can lead to potentially devastating consequences for your loved one. To provide the best Naples senior care possible, learn the signs of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and hyperglycemia (high blood sugar), and determine what steps to take if your loved one exhibits these symptoms. For instance, seniors with hypoglycemia may become shaky or begin to lose consciousness. Those with high blood sugar levels may have blurred vision, extreme thirst, or nausea. These symptoms should be treated immediately, either at home with food or medicine or at the nearest emergency room.

Keep Track of Blood Sugar Levels

Seniors may not be willing to fully cooperate with the diet or medication routine recommended for those with diabetes. Keep track of your loved one’s blood sugar levels on a daily basis and discuss the readings at doctor’s appointments. In some cases, strict control of blood sugar is less important than quality of life.

Be an Example

If you are your loved one’s primary Naples caregiver, follow the same diet and exercise routine as him or her to encourage healthy behaviors. Avoid purchasing junk food, and spend time each day gardening, walking, or engaging in another physical activity to encourage healthy blood sugar levels. Not only does this benefit both you and your loved one’s health, it also enhances solidarity and strengthens the bond between the two of you.

Managing a chronic disease like diabetes can grow more challenging with age. Ensure your loved one has the necessary support for living a healthy life by calling Home Care Assistance. Our part-time and live-in caregivers can provide timely medication reminders and transportation, assist with grocery shopping and preparing healthy meals, and help with a wide array of other important tasks. For more information on our senior care services, give Home Care Assistance a call today at (239) 449-4701.

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